Case T- 185/18 Lucchini SpAv Commission (Reinforcing bars cartel) [Archived]
Case T- 185/18 Lucchini SpAv Commission (Reinforcing bars cartel) [Archived]

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Case facts

Outline An appeal brought against the Commission’s decision to refuse to reimburse a fine in relation to its decisions in COMP/37.956 concerning the Reinforcing bars cartel.

Outcome On 8 May 2019, the General Court dismissed the appeal in its entirety. In particular, it ruled that the Commission’s 2009 re-adpoted decision must remain in force in respect of Lucchini because it had not itself appealed the underlying decision that was annulled by the Court of Justice. Therefore, Lucchini was ineligible to recover the cartel fine it paid for its part in the reinforcing bars cartel.

Parties Appellant:
• Lucchini SpA (Lucchini)

• European Commission

Lucchini SpA manufactures steel products. The Company produces steel products such as steel wire, rods, bars, and rail products, as well as wheelsets, cast, and forged products. Lucchini operates in Italy, France, Poland, Great Britain and Sweden.

Background Background

In 2000, the