Case T- 95/15 Printeos and Others v Commission (Envelopes cartel) [Archived]

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Case T- 95/15 Printeos and Others v Commission (Envelopes cartel) [Archived]


ARCHIVED—this archived case hub reflects the position at the date of the judgment of 13 December 2016; it is no longer maintained.

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Case facts

OutlineAppeal to the General Court seeking cancellation or reduction of the €4.729m fine imposed (jointly and severally) on Printeos and its Tompla subsidiaries under the Commission's settlement decision of 14 December 2014 in relation to Tompla's participation in a price-fixing cartel concerning the supply of envelopes in Europe ('Envelopes cartel').

This matter focuses solely on issues regarding the calculation of fines and, in particular, the Commission's discretion (under paragraph 37 of the 2006 Fining Guidelines) to depart, in specific cases, from the Guidelines' general methodology for the setting of fines. This might be the case, for example, to ensure that fines imposed are proportionate in the circumstances (and to, amongst other things, reflect differences between participants in a cartel). It is the applicants’ claim in this case that the Commission failed to adequately explain why and on what basis it exercised this discretion. The matter is also notable insofar as a party to a Commission cartel settlement is contesting the validity of the fines ultimately imposed under the settlement decision.

Latest developmentOn 13 December 2016, the General Court annulled the
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