The Italian Competition Authority opens an investigations for violation of Art. 82 EC in the plasterboard market (Saint-Gobain)

Background On 5 March 2009, the Italian Competition Authority (Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato, “AGCM”) launched an investigation for possible violation of Article 82 EC and Article 3 of Law 10 October 1990 n° 287 (corresponding to Article 82 EC) by Saint-Gobain Ppc Italia S.p.A. (“Saint-Gobain”), a leading manufacturer of plaster products (namely plasterboard) and building materials. Decision The case concerns the plasterboard market, which according to the findings of the AGCM set out in the decision opening the investigation (“Decision”) [1], is considered to be national in its scope. The AGCM maintains that Saint-Gobain is a dominant player on the Italian market. The AGCM grounds such finding on several elements. First,

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Denis Fosselard, Vito Auricchio, Benedetto Brancoli Busdraghi, The Italian Competition Authority opens an investigations for violation of Art. 82 EC in the plasterboard market (Saint-Gobain), 5 March 2009, e-Competitions Bulletin March 2009, Art. N° 25891

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