The European Court of Justice confirms the Commission’s decision concerning infringements of article 81 TFUE in a motor vehicle distribution case (Volkswagen)

"Judgement by the Court of First Instance of 6 July 2000 concerning Commission Decision 98/273/Volkswagen of 28 January 1998"*History By decision of 28.1.1998 [1], the Commission had imposed a record fine of € 102 million on Volkswagen AG, for having committed a very serious infringement of Article 81 lasting for more than 10 years. This fine was the highest ever imposed by the Commission on a single undertaking for infringement of competition rules. The Commission had found that Volkswagen AG, in conjunction with its subsidiaries Audi AG and Autogerma SpA, their common importer for Italy, had developed a strategy, by implementing a set of measures [2], aimed at preventing customers from Germany and Austria in particular, from buying new cars in Italy for immediate re-export [3].

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Konrad Schumm, Ulrich Krause-Heiber, The European Court of Justice confirms the Commission’s decision concerning infringements of article 81 TFUE in a motor vehicle distribution case (Volkswagen), 6 July 2000, e-Competitions Bulletin Automobile, Art. N° 39163

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