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    JUDGMENT OF THE COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE

    30 September 2003

In Joined Cases T-191/98 and T-212/98 to T-214/98: Atlantic Container Line AB and Others v Commission of the European Communities(1)

    (Competition ( Liner conferences ( Regulation (EEC) No 4056/86 ( Block exemption ( Individual exemption ( Collective dominant position ( Abuse ( Service contracts ( Accession

to the conference ( Alteration of the competition structure ( Withdrawal of block exemption ( Fines ( Rights of the defence)

    (Language of the case: English)

In Joined Cases T-191/98 and T-212/98 to T-214/98: Atlantic Container Line AB, established in Gothenburg (Sweden), Cho Yang Shipping Co. Ltd, established in Seoul (South Korea), DSR-Senator Lines GmbH, established in Bremen (Germany), Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd, established in Seoul (South Korea), Hapag-Lloyd AG, established in Hamburg (Germany), Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. Ltd, established in Seoul (South Korea), A.P. Møller-Mærsk Line, established in Copenhagen (Denmark), Mediterranean Shipping Co. SA, established in Geneva (Switzerland), Orient Overseas Container Line (UK) Ltd, established in London (United Kingdom), Polish Ocean Lines (POL), established in Gdynia (Poland), P & O Nedlloyd BV, established in London (United Kingdom), Sea-Land Service Inc., established in Jersey City, New Jersey (United States of America), Neptune Orient Lines Ltd, established in Singapore (Singapore), Nippon Yusen Kaisha, established in Tokyo (Japan), Transportación Marítima Mexicana SA de CV, established in Mexico City (Mexico), Tecomar SA de CV, established in Mexico City (Mexico), represented by J. Pheasant, N. Bromfield, M. Levitt, D. Waelbroeck, U. Zinsmeister, A. Bentley, C. Thomas, A. Nourry, M. Van Kerckhove, P. Ruttley and A. Merckx, lawyers, with an address for service in Luxembourg, v Commission of the European Communities (Agents: R. Lyal and J. Flynn), supported by European Council of Transport Users ASBL, represented by M. Clough QC, with an address for service in Luxembourg: Application for the annulment of Commission Decision 1999/243/EC of 16 September 1998 relating to a proceeding pursuant to Articles 85 and 86 of the EC Treaty (Case No IV/35.134 ( Trans-Atlantic Conference Agreement) (OJ 1999 L 95, p. 1), the Court of First Instance (Fourth Chamber), composed of: K. Lenaerts, President, J. Azizi and M. Jaeger, Judges; J. Plingers, Administrator, for the Registrar, has given a judgment on 30 September 2003, in which it:

1.Annuls Article 5 of Commission Decision 1999/243/EC of 16 September 1998 relating to a proceeding pursuant to Articles 85 and 86 of the EC Treaty (Case No IV/35.134 ( Trans-Atlantic Conference Agreement);

2.Annuls Article 6 of Decision 1999/243 in so far as it applies to mutual disclosure by the applicants of the availability and content of their individual service contracts;

3.Annuls Article 7 of Decision 1999/243 to the extent required by the annulment of Articles 5 and 6;

4.Annuls Article 8 of Decision 1999/243;

5.Dismisses the remainder of the applications;

6.Orders the applicants and the Commission each to bear their own costs;

7.Orders the European Council of Transport Users ASBL to bear its own costs.

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1 - OJ C 71 of 27.03.1999 and C 86 of 13.03.1999