CASE COMMENTS: ANTICOMPETITIVE PRACTICES - IMPUTATION TO THE PARENT COMPANY FOR THE UNLAWFUL CONDUCT OF A SUBSIDIARY - SINGLE, COMPLEX AND CONTINUOUS INFRINGEMENT

Single undertaking : The Court of Justice of the European Union scolds the General Court about the consequences of the classification of a company and its subsidiaries as a single undertaking but confirms the General Court’s reasoning regarding the necessary conditions for the conduct to qualify as a single, complex and continuous infringement and rejects the appeal of the Commission against the judgement that annulled the fines imposed by the Commission to several companies for their participation to an unlawful cartel in the copper and copper alloy fittings sector (Aalberts Industries)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. On 4 July 2013, the Court of Justice of the European Union dismissed the Commission's appeal against the judgment of the General Court of 24 March 2011 which annulled the fines imposed on Aalberts, Aquatis and Simplex for their participation in the cartel on the copper fittings market. By decision of 20 September 2006, the European Commission imposed fines totalling €314.76 million on 30 companies for participating in a cartel in the copper fittings sector. In particular, it found that Aalberts Industries NV, as the parent company, and its subsidiaries Comap SA (formerly Aquatis France SAS) and Simplex Armaturen participated in the cartel between June 25,

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