CASE COMMENTS: CARTEL – LIABILITY OF A PARENT COMPANY – FINES

Infringement of a subsidiary: The General Court of the European Union considers that in a situation where the liability of a parent company is purely derivative of that of its subsidiary and in which no other factor individually distinguishes the conduct for which the parent company is held liable, the liability of that parent company cannot exceed that of its subsidiary (UTi Worldwide)

Par la décision C (2012) 1959 final, du 28 mars 2012, relative à une procédure d’application de l’article 101 TFUE (affaire COMP/39462 – Transit) (ci-après la “décision attaquée”), la Commission européenne a constaté que des sociétés actives dans le secteur des services de transit international aérien, dont les requérantes, UTi Worldwide, Inc., UTi Nederland BV et UTI Worldwide (UK) Ltd., avaient participé à divers accords et pratiques concertées dans le secteur des services de transit international aérien, donnant lieu à différentes infractions à l’article 101, paragraphe 1, TFUE. Précisons, d’emblée, que le “groupe” UTi est constitué d’UTi Worldwide, société holding d’expédition de marchandises ayant son siège dans les îles Vierges britanniques, qui opère par le biais de ses filiales, notamment UTI Worldwide

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Ludovic Bernardeau, Infringement of a subsidiary: The General Court of the European Union considers that in a situation where the liability of a parent company is purely derivative of that of its subsidiary and in which no other factor individually distinguishes the conduct for which the parent company is held liable, the liability of that parent company cannot exceed that of its subsidiary (UTi Worldwide), 29 February 2016, Concurrences Review N° 2-2016, Art. N° 79091, pp. 96-98

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