The Finnish Supreme Administrative Court backs up the Competition Authority and for the first time ever presents its view on the level of fines imposed in cartel cases (Asphalt cartel)

On 29 September 2009, following appeals against the Market Court's decision by both the Finnish Competition Authority (“FCA”) and the defendant companies alleged to have participated in the asphalt cartel, the Supreme Administrative Court (“SAC”) delivered its long awaited judgment. For the first time in the history of Finnish competition law the SAC presented its view on the level of fines imposed in cartel cases. On 31 March 2004, the FCA proposed that the Market Court impose fines on the defendant companies, Lemminkäinen Oyj, VLT Trading Oy, NCC Roads Oy, Skanska Asfaltti Oy, SA-Capital Oy, Rudus Asfaltti Oy and Super Asfaltti Oy. On 19 December 2007, the Market Court made its decision. In its judgment the Market Court found that the defendant companies had participated in a cartel

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Ami Paanajarvi, The Finnish Supreme Administrative Court backs up the Competition Authority and for the first time ever presents its view on the level of fines imposed in cartel cases (Asphalt cartel), 29 September 2009, e-Competitions September 2009, Art. N° 32051

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