Case C- 98/17 P Philips and Philips France v Commission (Smart card chip cartel) [Archived]
Case C- 98/17 P Philips and Philips France v Commission (Smart card chip cartel) [Archived]

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Case facts

Outline Appeal brought by Philips against the judgment of the General Court upholding the Commission’s decision of 3 September 2014 (Case AT.39226) which found an infringement of Article 101 TFEU and imposed fines on Philips for its alleged participation in a cartel for the supply of smart card chips.

Outcome On 26 September 2018, the Court of Justice issued its judgment in which it dismissed Philips’ appeal in its entirety.

Parties Applicant:
• Koninklijke Philips NV (Philips)
• Philips France SAS (Philips France)

Defendant:
• European Commission

Philips, based in the Netherlands, is an international technology company also active in the production and supply of smart card chips.

Market(s) The supply of smart card chips in the EEA.

Smart card chips are used in mobile telephone SIM cards, bank cards, identity cards and passports, pay TV cards, and various other applications. Those used in the SIM segment rely mainly