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The French Criminal Supreme Court upholds sentences inflicting prison and damages for bid-rigging (Claude M.)

In France, Criminal prosecutions against the authors of anti-competitive practices have two characteristics. They are generally undertaken, on the one hand, against those having participated in a cartel between tenderors for a public market and, on the other, when other criminal infractions are denounced. The case under examination is an illustration of both such characteristics. In this case, the cartel practices penalised took place on the occasion of the call to tenders issued by the Regional University Hospital Centre (RUHC) of Grenoble in 1992 and 1993 and related to, notably, the extension of the hospital and parking area. The evidence gathered enabled the establishment of a cartel between 11 undertakings and the Director of technical services of the RUHC, Mr. Mo (who had a

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  • Nest Avocats (Paris)

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Eric David, The French Criminal Supreme Court upholds sentences inflicting prison and damages for bid-rigging (Claude M.), 26 September 2001, e-Competitions September 2001, Art. N° 13708

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