Judgment of the Court (Grand Chamber) of 19 July 2012.

Alliance One International Inc. and Standard Commercial Tobacco Co. Inc. v European Commission and European Commission v Alliance One International Inc. and Others.

Appeals - Competition - Agreements, decisions and concerted practices - Spanish market for the purchase and first processing of raw tobacco - Price-fixing and market-sharing - Infringement of Article 81 EC - Attributability of unlawful conduct of subsidiaries to their parent companies - Presumption of innocence - Rights of the defence - Obligation to state the reasons on which the decision is based - Equal treatment.

Joined cases C-628/10 P and C-14/11 P.



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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
14/09/2012 Alliance One International and Standard Commercial Tobacco v Commission and Commission / Alliance One International and Others
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Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:2012:479
19/07/2012 Alliance One International and Standard Commercial Tobacco v Commission and Commission / Alliance One International and Others
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Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:C:2012:479
19/07/2012 Alliance One International and Standard Commercial Tobacco v Commission and Commission / Alliance One International and Others
Opinion
ECLI:EU:C:2012:11
12/01/2012 Alliance One International and Standard Commercial Tobacco v Commission and Commission / Alliance One International and Others
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Order
ECLI:EU:C:2011:576
14/09/2011 Alliance One International and Standard Commercial Tobacco v Commission and Commission / Alliance One International and Others
Application (OJ)
05/03/2011 Alliance One International and Standard Commercial Tobacco v Commission and Commission / Alliance One International and Others
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Reports of Cases

published in the electronic Reports of Cases (Court Reports - general)

Subject-matter

Appeal brought against the judgment of the General Court (Fourth Chamber) of 27 October 2010 in Case T-24/05 Alliance One International and Others v Commission by which the General Court dismissed, as regards Alliance One International, Inc. and Standard Commercial Tobacco Co. Inc., an action for annulment of Commission Decision C (2004) 4030 final of 20 October 2004 relating to a proceeding under Article 81 of the EC Treaty (Case COMP/C.38.238/B.2 − Raw tobacco – Spain) concerning a cartel relating to the fixing of prices paid to producers and of quantities bought from them on the Spanish raw tobacco market

Systematic classification scheme

1.
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.08 Competition
    4.08.00 EU competition rules
      4.08.00.06 Definition of undertaking
3 Legal proceedings
  3.10 Appeals
    3.10.06 Pleas in law
2 Institutional framework of the European Union
  2.05 Legal acts of the European Union
    2.05.06 Statement of reasons
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.08 Competition
    4.08.03 Implementation of the competition rules
      4.08.03.02 Procedure for the application of the competition rules by the Commission
        4.08.03.02.08 Decision of the Commission
3 Legal proceedings
  3.10 Appeals
    3.10.06 Pleas in law
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.08 Competition
    4.08.00 EU competition rules
      4.08.00.06 Definition of undertaking
3 Legal proceedings
  3.10 Appeals
    3.10.06 Pleas in law


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

Operative part

Opinion


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 28/12/2010

Date of the Opinion

  • 12/01/2012

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

19/07/2012


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Applications: OJ C 72 from 05.03.2011, p.17 ; OJ C 80 from 12.03.2011, p.15

Judgment: OJ C 295 from 29.09.2012, p.6

Name of the parties

Alliance One International and Standard Commercial Tobacco v Commission and Commission / Alliance One International and Others

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Arhel,Pierre: Activité des juridictions de l'Union européenne en droit de la concurrence (juillet 2012), Petites affiches. La Loi / Le Quotidien juridique 2012 nº 201 p.9-10
  2. Idot, Laurence: Cartels et responsabilité de la société mère, Europe 2012 Octobre Comm. nº 10 p.39-40
  3. Mok, M.R.: Nederlandse jurisprudentie ; Uitspraken in burgerlijke en strafzaken 2012 nº 650
  4. Aubert, Michel ; Broussy, Emmanuelle ; Cassagnabère, Hervé: Chronique de jurisprudence de la CJUE. Lorsque la Commission adopte une méthode particulière, conforme à la jurisprudence, pour apprécier l'exercice d'une influence déterminante de la société mère sur une filiale ayant participé à une infraction, elle doit l'appliquer à l'ensemble des sociétés mères concernées, L'actualité juridique ; droit administratif 2012 p.2274
  5. Sarrazin, Cyril: Méthode de la "Double Base" : La Cour de justice rejette les pourvois et encadre le recours par la Commission à la méthode dite de la "double base" au regard du principe de l'égalité de traitement, Concurrences : revue des droits de la concurrence 2012 nº 4 p.66-67
  6. Frenz, Walter ; Lülsdorf, Tanja: Kontinuität und Zurechnung im Kartellrecht, Europäisches Wirtschafts- & Steuerrecht - EWS 2012 p.504-508
  7. Robin, Catherine: Sanction de la différence de traitement des entreprises. Lorsqu’elle impute l’infraction aux sociétés mères, la Commission ne doit pas faire de différence entre les entreprises. Cette exigence suppose cependant que les sociétés mères soient dans des situations comparables, Revue Lamy de la Concurrence : droit, économie, régulation 2012 nº 33 p.24-25
  8. Molin, S.C.H.: Gelijke behandeling bij toerekening kartelinbreuken, Nederlands tijdschrift voor Europees recht 2013 p.24-27



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Information not available

Subject-matter

  • Competition
  • - Agreements, decisions and concerted practices

Procedure and result

  • Actions for annulment
  • Appeals : dismissal on substantive grounds

Formation of the Court

grande chambre (Cour)

Judge-Rapporteur

Arabadjiev

Advocate General

Kokott

Language(s) of the Case

  • English

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • German