Cases T- 27/10 AC-Treuhand v Commission, T- 40/10 Elf Aquitaine v Commission and Joined Cases T- 23/10 Arkema France v Commission and T- 24/10 CECA v Commission (Heat stabilisers cartel) [Archived]
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Cases T- 27/10 AC-Treuhand v Commission, T- 40/10 Elf Aquitaine v Commission and Joined Cases T- 23/10 Arkema France v Commission and T- 24/10 CECA v Commission (Heat stabilisers cartel) [Archived]

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ARCHIVE—06/02/2014

OutlineAppeals to the General Court seeking annulment and/or reductions in fines regarding the Commission's decision of 11 November 2009 finding infringements of Article 101 TFEU and Article 53 EEA and imposing fines in relation to:
(1) Elf Aquitaine and its group companies' participation in EEA-wide cartels concerning the market for tin and ESBO/esters heat stabilisers; and
(2) consultancy firm AC-Treuhand's alleged role as cartel facilitator.

PartiesApplicants:
• Elf Aquitaine SA (Elf)
• Arkema France (Arkema)
• CECA SA (CECA)
• AC-Treuhand AG (AC-Treuhand)

Defendant: European Commission

AC-Treuhand is a Swiss consulting company offering a 'full range of services tailored to the national and international associations and interest groups' and, according to the company, the 'management and administration as well as Swiss and international federations, organizations, non-profit associations; collection, processing and use of market data; presentation of market statistics; control figures in participants'.

BackgroundOn 11 November 2009, the Commission imposed total fines of €173.86m on 24 companies (from ten different corporate groups) for their alleged participation in

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