CASE COMMENTS: ANTICOMPETITIVE AGREEMENTS – COMPLEX AND CONTINUOUS INFRINGEMENT – STANDARD OF PROOF – PARENTAL LIABILITY – DAMAGE TO THE ECONOMY – FINES – DETERGENTS

Complex and continuous infringement: The French Competition Auhtority heavily fines a cartel in the detergent sector on the basis of its new Guidelines on fines (Detergent sector)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Concordant Aut. dec. no. 11-D-17 of 8 December 2011 on practices implemented in the detergent industry By a decision of 8 December 2011 - and amended on 4 January 2012 to increase the fine for one of the undertakings concerned - the Authority adopted its most significant penalty decision of 2011 in a cartel case in the detergents sector (cumulative fines of EUR 367,9 million). The French case started with a leniency application for consumer detergents in France, filed on March 4, 2008 by one of the four companies concerned (Unilever) and followed a few weeks later by leniency applications from the other companies (Henkel, Procter & Gamble, Colgate

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Nathalie Jalabert-Doury, Complex and continuous infringement: The French Competition Auhtority heavily fines a cartel in the detergent sector on the basis of its new Guidelines on fines (Detergent sector), 15 February 2012, Concurrences N° 1-2012, Art. N° 42276, pp. 98-100

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