Global law firm White & Case LLP has successfully represented Sanitec Europe in its appeal before the General Court of the European Union in Luxembourg. The General Court has reduced the fine jointly and severally imposed on Sanitec and certain of its subsidiaries by approximately €7.1 million.
A 2010 Decision by the European Commission had originally imposed fines of more than €622 million on 17 bathroom fixtures and fittings manufacturers. Sanitec's original fine was €57.69 million. Today's General Court judgment reduces the amount to €50.58 million.
"This appeal involved analyzing evidence in five languages. It highlights the Brussels team's ability to handle multi-lingual cartel litigation," said White & Case partner James Killick. "This is one reason why we have a very strong global antitrust litigation practice at White & Case."
The White & Case team advising Sanitec included Brussels partners James Killick and Pontus Lindfelt, local partner Kai Struckmann, assisted by a team of lawyers from across Europe.
This judgment follows other recent notable successes in cartel investigations and appeals for the Brussels-based competition team, including major victories for Titan Cement, Halcor, Toshiba, Nexans, Aragonesas/Uralita and Unipetrol/Synthos Kralupy.
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