The UK Competition Authority secures the first ever criminal convictions against individuals for cartel offences - a milestone in antitrust enforcement (Marine Hoses Cartel)

Introduction On 11 June 2008, at Southwark Crown Court, His Honour Judge Geoffrey Rivlin QC marked the beginning of a new era in antitrust enforcement in the UK when he entered the first ever criminal convictions against individuals for a cartel offence under section 188 of the Enterprise Act 2002 (the “Act”). The long awaited convictions are the result of a prosecution brought by the Office of Fair Trading (the “OFT”) taking advantage of its criminal prosecution powers for the first time since such powers were given to the OFT by the Act. The fact that the OFT's first ever attempt to use its prosecution powers resulted in a successful outcome for the OFT means that the impact of Judge Devlin's decision is all the more greater. The convictions, though, do not simply represent a success

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Maria Kamnaki, The UK Competition Authority secures the first ever criminal convictions against individuals for cartel offences - a milestone in antitrust enforcement (Marine Hoses Cartel), 11 June 2008, e-Competitions June 2008, Art. N° 20497

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