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Leniency: The Paris Court of Appeal upholds the French Competition Authority’s decision in the home and personal care products case (Beiersdorf)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. In the contested decision, the Competition Authority ordered thirteen undertakings to pay a penalty of EUR 951 million for two cartels, one on the cleaning products market and the other on the hygiene products market. At the procedural level, firstly, the Authority was criticised for failing to respect the rights of the defence and the principle of adversarial proceedings, on the grounds that the objections notified by the Rapporteur General and those set out in the Decision were not identical. The Decision adopted a practice with a single anti-competitive objective relating to prices, whereas the notification alleged that the undertakings had concerted

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Alexandre Lacresse, Leniency: The Paris Court of Appeal upholds the French Competition Authority’s decision in the home and personal care products case (Beiersdorf), 27 October 2016, Concurrences N° 1-2017, Art. N° 83519, pp. 190-191

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