CASE COMMENTS: CARTELS – EUROPEAN UNION – CALCULATION OF FINE – PROPORTIONNALITY

Proportionnality: The General Court of the European Union, following a referral by the Court of Justice of the European Union, rules for the second time on the liability of one of the undertakings involved in the chipcard cartel and increases by 5% the reduction granted, in order to proportionately adjust the fine to the number and intensity of anticompetitive contacts (Infineon Technologies)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. With the ruling handed down on 8 July 2020, it is hoped that the litigation initiated by Infineon Technologies regarding its participation in the card chip cartel will finally be over. It will be remembered that four major companies in this sector had been condemned for a cartel in the form of exchanges of sensitive information on 3 September 2014 by the European Commission (case AT.39574). The appeals against this decision were rejected by the European Union Court of First Instance, which had noted some procedural irregularities but considered that these had had no effect on the sentence pronounced (Trib. EU, 15 December 2016, Case T-758/14, Concurrences

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Anne-Sophie Choné-Grimaldi, Proportionnality: The General Court of the European Union, following a referral by the Court of Justice of the European Union, rules for the second time on the liability of one of the undertakings involved in the chipcard cartel and increases by 5% the reduction granted, in order to proportionately adjust the fine to the number and intensity of anticompetitive contacts (Infineon Technologies), 8 July 2020, Concurrences N° 4-2020, Art. N° 97545, pp. 122-123

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