The UK Court of Appeal rules out shifting of antitrust liability onto employees (Safeway Stores / Twigger)

An attempt by a UK supermarket retailer to shift the burden of a £16.45 million fine for an antitrust infringement onto its former employees was recently defeated in the UK Court of Appeal (Court). This case has raised a novel, but significant question for English law as to extent of the public policy rule of ex turpi cause. The Court found that as a matter of law, a company (and not its employees) is personally responsible for an infringement competition law and this prevents a company from later relying on the illegality against third parties. The judgment rules out the ability of companies to limit their antitrust risk exposure through employee indemnities. I. Background to the Case Following a two year investigation by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) into price fixing by UK

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Marcus Pollard, The UK Court of Appeal rules out shifting of antitrust liability onto employees (Safeway Stores / Twigger), 21 décembre 2010, e-Competitions December 2010, Art. N° 33897

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