The EU Court of Justice releases Advocate General Pitruzzella’s opinion stating that a national court can order a subsidiary company to pay compensation for the harm caused by the anticompetitive conduct of its parent company (Sumal / Mercedes Benz Trucks España)

According to Advocate General Pitruzzella, a national court can order a subsidiary company to pay compensation for the harm caused by the anticompetitive conduct of its parent company in a case where the Commission has imposed a fine solely on that parent company* For that to be the case, the two companies must have operated on the market as a single undertaking and the subsidiary must have contributed to the achievement of the objective and the materialisation of the effects of that conduct By a decision issued in 2016, [1] the Commission imposed fines on a number of companies in the automotive sector, including Daimler AG, in respect of collusive arrangements on the pricing of trucks. Following that decision, the Spanish company Sumal S.L. asked the Spanish courts to order

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European Court of Justice, The EU Court of Justice releases Advocate General Pitruzzella’s opinion stating that a national court can order a subsidiary company to pay compensation for the harm caused by the anticompetitive conduct of its parent company (Sumal / Mercedes Benz Trucks España), 15 avril 2021, e-Competitions March 2021, Art. N° 100189

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