DÜSSELDORF HIGHER REGIONAL COURT ACQUITS BREWERIES IN KÖLSCH BEER CARTEL CASE (Kölsch-Kartell) On 8. September 2021, the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court cleared three Kölsch breweries and two of their managing directors of price fixing (case number V-4 Kart 4/16 OWi), overturning fines imposed on them by the Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) amounting to more than 8 million euros. The case represents the first time in German legal history that companies in antitrust proceedings were acquitted of charges of price fixing on the grounds of proven innocence after challenging a fining decision by the FCO, a result described as a ‘first-class acquittal’ by the involved parties. Facts of the case The case concerns three breweries of Kölsch beer, a regional specialty almost exclusively brewed in
The Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court acquits 3 breweries in the breweries cartel case (Kölsch-Kartell)
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