The UK House of Lords establishes that the conspiracy to defraud offence may not replace the cartel offence, for facts before 2003, where no deceit, misrepresentation nor lies are involved (Norris)

I - The NHS case On 28 March 2007, Ajit P. and Kirta P., CEO and COO respectively of Goldshield Group, the drug supplier, were arrested in London on suspicion of price-fixing, from 1996 to 2000, concerning generic drugs at the detriment of the UK's National Health Service (hereinafter “NHS”). In April 2002, the UK's Serious Fraud Office (hereinafter "SFO") raided six companies involved in the supply of two blood thinning drugs: Goldshield, Regent-GM Laboratories, Ivax, Ranbaxy, Generics UK (a subsidiary of Merck) and Kent Pharmaceuticals. More than 200 officers raided 11 homes and 16 business addresses among the biggest ever carried out by the SFO. The SFO initiated criminal proceedings on 5 April 2006. On 22 June 2007, the Department of Health and the pursued

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Marie-Charlotte Rouzier, The UK House of Lords establishes that the conspiracy to defraud offence may not replace the cartel offence, for facts before 2003, where no deceit, misrepresentation nor lies are involved (Norris), 12 March 2008, e-Competitions March 2008, Art. N° 19957

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