ALERT: ANTI-COMPETITIVE PRACTICE - PRICE-FIXING - MARKET-SHARING -ATTRIBUTABILITY OF THE UNLAWFUL CONDUCT OF A SUBSIDIARY TO THE PARENT COMPANY - JOINT LIABILITY - FINES - PRESUMPTION OF DECISIVE INFLUENCE - HEARING IN CAMERA

Calcium carbide and magnesium based reagents cartel: Advocate General Paolo Mengozzi invites the Court of Justice of the European Union to confirm that the violation by a subsidiary of instructions given by its parent company is insufficient in itself for the rebuttal of the presumption of decisive influence, whereas Advocate General Nils Wahl suggests that companies alleged to be involved do not have a right to be heard in camera (Evonik Degussa/AlzChem/SKW Stahl-Metallurgie)

CJUE, Avocat Général, 3 septembre 2015, affaires C-155/14 (Evonik Degussa /AlzChem) et C-154/14 (SKW Stahl-Metallurgie) Le 3 septembre 2015, les avocats généraux Paolo Mengozzi et Nils Wahl ont rendu leurs conclusions respectives à propos d'une des volets du cartel des réactifs à base de carbure de calcium et de magnésium. On se souvient que le 22 juillet 2009, la Commission avait infligé aux fournisseurs de réactifs à base de carbure de calcium et de magnésium destinés aux secteurs sidérurgique et gazier une amende de plus de 61 millions € pour avoir participé, du 7 avril 2004 au 16 janvier 2007, à une infraction unique et continue se traduisant par un partage de marchés, une fixation de quotas, une répartition des clients, une fixation des prix et un échange d’informations commerciales sensibles

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Alain Ronzano, Calcium carbide and magnesium based reagents cartel: Advocate General Paolo Mengozzi invites the Court of Justice of the European Union to confirm that the violation by a subsidiary of instructions given by its parent company is insufficient in itself for the rebuttal of the presumption of decisive influence, whereas Advocate General Nils Wahl suggests that companies alleged to be involved do not have a right to be heard in camera (Evonik Degussa/AlzChem/SKW Stahl-Metallurgie), 3 September 2015, Concurrences Review N° 4-2015, Art. N° 76674, www.concurrences.com

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