CASE COMMENTS: PROCEDURE – EUROPEAN UNION – HYBRID SETTLEMENT PROCEDURE – LEGITIMATE EXPECTATIONS – FINE

Hybrid settlement: The Court of Justice of the European Union confirms that the amount of the fine proposed as a settlement does not support the legitimate expectations of the parties to the cartel on the amount finally decided in the ordinary procedure following their withdrawal from the settlement procedure (Timab Industries and Cie financière et de participations Roullier)

Premier cas de transaction hybride où la procédure transactionnelle et la procédure ordinaire se côtoient successivement, cette affaire maintes fois commentée (notamment, P. Cardonnel, Concurrences n° 3-2015, p. 150) connaît son épilogue avec le présent arrêt. Condamnées pour avoir participé à une entente dans le secteur de la commercialisation des phosphates pour l’alimentation animale, les requérantes contestaient principalement la validation par le Tribunal de l’aggravation significative du montant de la sanction prononcée par la Commission à leur encontre, par rapport au montant de l’amende initialement envisagé

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Alexandre Lacresse, Hybrid settlement: The Court of Justice of the European Union confirms that the amount of the fine proposed as a settlement does not support the legitimate expectations of the parties to the cartel on the amount finally decided in the ordinary procedure following their withdrawal from the settlement procedure (Timab Industries and Cie financière et de participations Roullier), 12 January 2017, Concurrences Review N° 2-2017, Art. N° 83893, pp. 150-151

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