The Lisbon Court of Commerce quashes decisions fining pharmaceutical companies on procedural grounds (Abbot / Bayer / Johnson & Johnson / Menarini / Roche)

In its judgement of 26 March 2007 the Lisbon Court of Commerce (the “Court”) quashed on procedural grounds two decisions adopted by the Portuguese Competition Authority (the “PCA”) fining five pharmaceutical companies (Abbot, Bayer, Johnson & Johnson, Menarini and Roche). The PCA had found that these five companies engaged in bid-rigging practices in public tenders for the supply of reagent strips (used for diabetes control). Both PCA decisions were adopted in 2005. In the first one, the PCA fined the five pharmaceutical companies for concerted practices regarding the price proposed for the supply of reagent strips to the Centro Hospitalar de Coimbra. The total fine was EUR 3,292,066.10. Following this first investigation, one of the companies involved decided to inform the PCA that

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Ricardo Oliveira, Miguel Marques de Carvalho, The Lisbon Court of Commerce quashes decisions fining pharmaceutical companies on procedural grounds (Abbot / Bayer / Johnson & Johnson / Menarini / Roche), 26 avril 2007, e-Competitions Due Process Research Program, Art. N° 21293

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