The French Supreme Court confirms that to obtain a fine reduction in cartel cases companies must actively reject cartel participation (Goodmills Deutschland / Grands moulins de Paris)

Facts and FCA decision On 13 March 2012, the French Competition Authority ("FCA") sanctioned a flour cartel between French and German millers [1]. One of the anti-competitive practices consisted in a non-aggression pact limiting flour imports between France and Germany, leading to market sharing between the millers. One of the parties, VK Mühlen, now GoodMills Deutschland, appealed the FCA decision and challenged, in particular, the duration of its participation in the non-aggression pact. VK Mühlen had participated in only one

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  • Herbert Smith Freehills (Paris)
  • Herbert Smith Freehills (Paris)
  • Herbert Smith Freehills (Brussels)
  • Herbert Smith Freehills (Brussels)

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Marie Louvet, Alexis Baudelin, Daniel Vowden, Adrian Brown, The French Supreme Court confirms that to obtain a fine reduction in cartel cases companies must actively reject cartel participation (Goodmills Deutschland / Grands moulins de Paris), 10 February 2021, e-Competitions July 2021 - II, Art. N° 101621

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