CASE COMMENTS: PROCEDURES - EXCESSIVE DURATION OF ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE - REDUCTION OF FINE

Reasonable period : The General Court of the European Union reduces the fines on some members of the heat stabilizers cartel (GEA Group, Akzo Nobel)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article in French, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. More than 12 years after the opening of the investigation into the heat stabilisers cartel, the Court of First Instance, first, annuls the infringement decision against certain companies of the Akzo group while reducing the amount of the fine imposed on the others and, second, dismisses the action brought by GEA Group. In both cases, the Court of First Instance ruled on the duration of the administrative procedure and the infringement of the principle of reasonable time. In the course of this administrative procedure, the seizure of documents that could be covered by the confidentiality of communications between lawyers and clients gave rise to

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  • European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)

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Pascal Cardonnel, Reasonable period : The General Court of the European Union reduces the fines on some members of the heat stabilizers cartel (GEA Group, Akzo Nobel), 15 July 2015, Concurrences N° 4-2015, Art. N° 76374, pp. 179-180

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