The European Court of First Instance upholds Commission decision against a maritime company (Compagnie Maritime Belge)

On 1 July 2008, the Court of First Instance (“CFI”) issued its judgment on Compagnie Maritime Belge’s appeal of the Commission decision of 30 April 2004 (the “Decision”), which had fined it € 3.4 million for the infringements of Article 82 EC established in the Commission original decision of 23 December 1992 (the “original decision”). In the original decision, the Commission concluded that the members of the liner shipping conference Associated Central West Africa Lines (“Cewal”) had abused their joint dominant position on the shipping routes between Zaïrean ports and northern European ports, between July 1987 and November 1989, by: (i) insisting on compliance by the Zaïrean authorities on an exclusivity agreement; (ii) modifying their freight rates by departing from the tariff in force in

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  • Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
  • Practising Law Institute (New York)

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Tim Kasten, Sean Gerlich, The European Court of First Instance upholds Commission decision against a maritime company (Compagnie Maritime Belge), 1 July 2008, e-Competitions Bulletin July 2008, Art. N° 44709

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