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Content of the investigation file: The Paris Court of appeal annuls the French NCA’s decision in the chemical commodities case due to an infringement of the rights of defence of the most heavily fined company (Brenntag)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. In a ruling handed down on 2 February 2017 in the case of the price and market-sharing cartel concerning chemical commodities, the Paris Court of Appeal issued a strong reminder to the French Competition Authority by annulling Decision No. 13-D-12 of 28 May 2013 in respect of Brenntag and, consequently, the penalty of almost EUR 50 million imposed on Brenntag, by far the highest fine imposed in this case, but also on its then parent company DB Mobility Logistics AG. This courageous stop is also remarkably motivated. It sheds a particularly harsh light on certain practices of the Authority. What could have aroused the wrath of the Paris Court of Appeal to

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Alain Ronzano, Content of the investigation file: The Paris Court of appeal annuls the French NCA’s decision in the chemical commodities case due to an infringement of the rights of defence of the most heavily fined company (Brenntag), 2 February 2017, Concurrences N° 2-2017, Art. N° 84036, www.concurrences.com

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