The EU Court of Justice rejects Commission’s appeal against General Court judgment in copper fittings cartel case (Aalberts)

In the final of a series of appeals in the copper fittings cartel case, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”), on 4 July 2013, dismissed an appeal by the Commission against a General Court (“GC”) judgment that upheld an appeal by Aalberts against the European Commission’s decision. The ECJ held that the GC had been correct in finding that the Commission had committed an error in determining that Aalberts, Aquatis and Simplex had participated in a cartel between 2003 and 2004. In its decision of September 2006, the Commission imposed fines totalling € 314.76 million on 30 companies for having participated in a cartel in the copper fittings sector. The infringement consisted in fixing prices, agreeing on discounts and rebates, agreeing on implementation mechanisms for the

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Richard Burton, The EU Court of Justice rejects Commission’s appeal against General Court judgment in copper fittings cartel case (Aalberts), 4 July 2013, e-Competitions Bulletin July 2013, Art. N° 56864

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