The General Court of the European Union recalls the principle of the accessory character of the liability of parent companies for the anticompetitive actions of their subsidiaries (Roca Sanitario, Laufen Austria, Roca and Keramag Keramische)

In the context of appeals lodged against the decision of the European Commission (the Commission) in the area of bathroom fittings, the General Court of the European Union (the General Court) took the occasion to recall the principle of the accessory character of the liability of parent companies for the anticompetitive actions of their subsidiaries, particularly in its judgments ‘Roca Sanitario SA’ (T-408/10), ‘Laufen Austria AG’ (T-411/10), ‘Roca’ (T-412/10) and ‘Keramag Keramische Werke AG’ (T-379/10 et T-381/10), all dated 16 September 2013. While this principle is in theory quite favourable, it is clear that in practice, neither the Commission nor the General Court draws coherent consequences from the principle since parent companies continue to have fines imposed on them that are

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Lolita Berthol-Balladur, Arnaud Sanz, The General Court of the European Union recalls the principle of the accessory character of the liability of parent companies for the anticompetitive actions of their subsidiaries (Roca Sanitario, Laufen Austria, Roca and Keramag Keramische), 16 September 2013, e-Competitions September 2013, Art. N° 72349

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