Case T- 222/17 Recyclex and Others v Commission (car battery recycling cartel) [Archived]
Case T- 222/17 Recyclex and Others v Commission (car battery recycling cartel) [Archived]

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  • Case T- 222/17 Recyclex and Others v Commission (car battery recycling cartel) [Archived]
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CASE HUB

NOTE—appeal lodged before the Court of Justice in Case C- 563/19 P

ARCHIVED—this archived case hub reflects the position at the date of the judgment of 23 May 2019; it is no longer maintained.

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Case facts

Outline An appeal against the Commission’s infringement decision regarding the car battery recycling cartel (Case AT.40018), seeking a reduction of the fines imposed against Recyclex and other undertakings belonging to the same group.

Outcome On 23 May 2019, the General Court dismissed the appeal in its entirety. The General Court found in particular that Recyclex was not entitled to further reductions under the Leniency Notice, and that the Commission was entitled to increase all cartelists’ fines by 10% to take account of the fact that the car battery recycling cartel had been a purchasing cartel.

Parties Appellants:
• Recylex SA
• Fonderie et Manufacture de Métaux SA
• Harz-Metall GmbH (altogether ‘Recyclex’)

Defendant:
• European Commission

Background Recylex is a group of undertakings that is active in the production of recycled lead and other materials (polypropylene, zinc,