Cases T- 540/08 Esso and others, T- 541/08 Sasol and others, T- 543/08 RWE and RWE Dea v Commission (Candle waxes cartel) [Archived]
Cases T- 540/08 Esso and others, T- 541/08 Sasol and others, T- 543/08 RWE and RWE Dea v Commission (Candle waxes cartel) [Archived]

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  • Cases T- 540/08 Esso and others, T- 541/08 Sasol and others, T- 543/08 RWE and RWE Dea v Commission (Candle waxes cartel) [Archived]
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CASE HUB

ARCHIVED–this archived case hub reflects the position at the date of the judgment of 11 July 2014; it is no longer maintained.

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Case facts

Outline Appeals to the General Court seeking annulment, partial annulment and/or reductions in the level of individual fines imposed regarding the Commission's decision of 1 October 2008 finding infringements of Article 101 TFEU and Article 53 of the EEA Agreement and imposing combined fines of €676m on nine company groups for their alleged participation a price-fixing and market/customer allocation cartel concerning the supply of paraffin waxes in the European Economic Area (EEA) and slack wax in Germany between 1992 and 2005 ('Candle waxes cartel').

On 11 July 2014, the General Court partially allowed each appeal, reducing each fine imposed and cancelling the decision in relation to the alleged infringement by Sasol Limited and Sasol Holding in Germany GmbH prior to 1 July 2002.
Parties Appellants:
• Esso Société anonyme française
• Esso Deutschland GmbH
• ExxonMobil Petroleum and Chemical BVBA
• Exxon Mobil Corp
(collectively, Esso/ExxonMobil)
• Sasol Holding in Germany GmbH
• Sasol Wax International AG
• Sasol Wax GmbH
(collectively, Sasol)
• RWE AG
• RWE Dea AG
(collectively, RWE)

Defendant: European Commission