The UK Competition Authority issues the first imprisonment and director’s disqualification orders against individuals prosecuted for criminal cartel (Marine Hoses Cartel)

On 19 December 2007, the Office of Fair Trading (hereinafter “OFT”) charged three UK businessmen with cartel offence under the Enterprise Act. This was the first time that charges had been brought for cartel offence. The three men were arrested at the airport, where they were, following the allowance by the US authority to return to the UK. The businessmen were charged with participating in a cartel concerning marine hoses. Marine hoses are flexible rubber hoses, which have a number of civilian and military uses, and are used to transport crude oil and petroleum products from tankers to storage facilities. Cartel victims included companies active in the off-shore extraction and/or transportation of petroleum products, as well as

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Marie-Charlotte Rouzier, The UK Competition Authority issues the first imprisonment and director’s disqualification orders against individuals prosecuted for criminal cartel (Marine Hoses Cartel), 11 June 2008, e-Competitions June 2008, Art. N° 19855

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