The Irish Court of Appeal increases criminal fine imposed on an individual director/manager for bid rigging (Aston Carpets & Flooring)

On June 20th 2018, the Irish Court of Appeal, reviewed the sentences imposed by the Central Criminal Court in 2017 on firstly, a company (Aston) and, secondly, an individual (Mr Smith) who was a director and manager of the company following their criminal convictions for having engaged in anti-competitive conduct. The Court was satisfied that the fine of €10,000 imposed on the company was appropriate. However, it decided that the individual’s fine of €7,500 was unduly lenient and imposed a fine of €45,000. Background The company (Aston) and the individual (Mr Smith) were charged with a first count of engaging in anti-competitive conduct contrary to the Irish Competition Act 2002 (as amended) and the individual was additionally charged with a second count of impeding a prosecution

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Mary Catherine Lucey, The Irish Court of Appeal increases criminal fine imposed on an individual director/manager for bid rigging (Aston Carpets & Flooring), 20 June 2018, e-Competitions June 2018, Art. N° 87351

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