CASE COMMENTS: PROCEDURES - FRANCE - CARTEL - LENIENCY - LOSS OF IMMUNITY - OBLIGATION OF COOPERATION

Leniency: The French Competition Authority withdraws for the second time a full immunity and applies the French leniency plus mechanism to the second leniency applicant (Charcuterie Cartel)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. By a decision dated 16 July 2020, the Competition Authority ["the Authority"] imposes fines of EUR 93 million on the twelve cartel participants active in the purchase and sale of pork cuts and charcuterie products. From a procedural point of view, this decision provides in particular interesting clarifications on leniency. For the second time in its decision-making practice, the Authority refuses to grant a full exemption to a first-rank leniency applicant on the basis of its partial failure to cooperate and applies, also for the second time, what it qualifies as 'leniency plus'. Review of facts and procedure In the present case, the Authority had taken

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  • University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • Ashurst (Paris)

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Christophe Lemaire, Anne Dos, Leniency: The French Competition Authority withdraws for the second time a full immunity and applies the French leniency plus mechanism to the second leniency applicant (Charcuterie Cartel), 16 July 2020, Concurrences N° 4-2020, Art. N° 97891, www.concurrences.com

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