The Irish Court of Appeal increases the fine imposed by the Irish Competition Authority on a company for bid-rigging (Aston Carpets)

Summary In this case update, we discuss a 2019 criminal enforcement case in Ireland brought by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (the “CCPC”) in conjunction with the Director of Public Prosecutions (the “DPP”), in relation to breaches of substantive competition law under the Competition Act 2002 (as amended) (“the Act”). In DPP v Aston Carpets and Flooring Limited and Brendan Smith (Irish Court of Appeal, IECA 194, 20 June 2018), the Director of Aston Carpets, Brendan Smith, was found guilty of bid-rigging, contrary to section 6 of the Act. Mr Smith was fined €7,500 in May 2017 and disqualified from acting as a director for a period of five years. The company, Aston Carpets, was also fined €10,000. The DPP appealed Mr Smith’s fine on the basis that it was unduly lenient and

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  • Matheson (Dublin)
  • Matheson (Dublin)
  • Matheson (Dublin)

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Helen Kelly, Aine Mariga, Ronan Scanlan, The Irish Court of Appeal increases the fine imposed by the Irish Competition Authority on a company for bid-rigging (Aston Carpets), 20 June 2018, e-Competitions June 2018, Art. N° 92124

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