Case T- 531/15 Coveris Rigid France v Commission (retail food packaging trays cartel) [Archived]

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Case T- 531/15 Coveris Rigid France v Commission (retail food packaging trays cartel) [Archived]

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ARCHIVED—this archived case hub reflects the position at the date of the judgment of 6 December 2018; it is no longer maintained.

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Case facts

OutlineAppeal to the General Court of the European Commission decision finding an infringement and imposing fines on, amongst others, Coveris Rigid France (Coveris) for its participation in retail food packaging trays cartel in France.

OutcomeOn 6 December 2018, the General Court issued its judgment, in which dismissed Coveris’ appeal that it should not be liable for a fine of €4.8m as its parent group sold off part of the business involved in the cartel and therefore the fine should become the responsibility of the company that purchased those assets.

PartiesApplicant: Coveris Rigid France

Defendant: European Commission

Coveris is a flexible packaging manufacturer. It provides a range of packaging solutions.

BackgroundThe Commission’s investigation started in June 2008 when dawn raids were carried out. This followed an application for immunity by Linpac, who revealed the existence of the cartel to the Commission. In September 2012, the Commission issued its statement of objections. In June 2013, the Commission held an oral hearing.

On 24 June 2015, the Commission imposed fines totalling €115.8 million (including reductions for leniency and immunity) on eight manufacturers

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