ALERTS: CARTELS – CONCERTED PRACTICES – PERSONAL LIABILITY

Concerted practice: The French Supreme Court confirms that a company having participated in a single meeting with an anti-competitive object, not followed by a public distancing, is presumed to have participated in the cartel until the last invitation is sent (Goodmills Deutschland / Grands moulins de Paris…)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. In the "bagged flour" case, the Competition Authority had sanctioned several cartel practices, including the limitation of flour imports between France and Germany (grievance no. 1 of decision no. 12-D-09 of March 13, 2012). The Court of Appeal had essentially confirmed the decision (Paris, 4 July 2019, No. 16/23609) but drastically reduced the penalties imposed on two companies, including the one at the initiative of the appeal under comment, considering the arguments concerning the reduction of the duration of participation in the cartel. Between 14 May 2002 and 21 September 2004, twelve meetings took place between the French and German millers. The

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Karine Biancone, Concerted practice: The French Supreme Court confirms that a company having participated in a single meeting with an anti-competitive object, not followed by a public distancing, is presumed to have participated in the cartel until the last invitation is sent (Goodmills Deutschland / Grands moulins de Paris…), 10 February 2021, Concurrences N° 2-2021, Art. N° 100713, www.concurrences.com

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