Judgment of the General Court (Eighth Chamber) of 19 May 2010.

KME Germany AG, KME France SAS and KME Italy SpA v European Commission.

Competition - Agreements, decisions and concerted practices - Copper plumbing tube industry - Decision finding an infringement of Article 81 EC - Fines - Actual impact on the market - Size of the relevant market - Duration of the infringement - Ability to pay - Cooperation.

Case T-25/05.



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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
03/07/2010 KME Germany and Others v Commission
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Judgment
ECLI:EU:T:2010:206
19/05/2010 KME Germany and Others v Commission
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Judgment (Information)
ECLI:EU:T:2010:206
19/05/2010 KME Germany and Others v Commission
Application (OJ)
02/04/2005 KME Germany and Others v Commission
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Reports of Cases

2010 II-00091*

Pub somm

Subject-matter

Reduction of the fine imposed on the applicant by Commission Decision C(2004)2826 fin. corr. of 3 September 2004 relating to a proceeding pursuant to Article 81 of the EC Treaty and Article 53 of the EEA Agreement (Case COMP/E-1/38.069 – Copper plumbing tubes), concerning a system for the allocation of production volumes and market shares, and also the fixing of objectives and price increases in the European copper plumbing tubes market.

Systematic classification scheme

1.
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.08 Competition
    4.08.03 Implementation of the competition rules
      4.08.03.03 Fines imposed by the Commission
        4.08.03.03.04 Fines for infringement of Articles 101 TFEU and 102 TFEU (Articles 81 EC and 82 EC)
          4.08.03.03.04.01 Guidelines
            4.08.03.03.04.01.02 Legal nature
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.08 Competition
    4.08.03 Implementation of the competition rules
      4.08.03.03 Fines imposed by the Commission
        4.08.03.03.08 Judicial review
          4.08.03.03.08.00 General
3 Legal proceedings
  3.08 Procedural rules
    3.08.05 Compliance with time-limits
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.08 Competition
    4.08.03 Implementation of the competition rules
      4.08.03.03 Fines imposed by the Commission
        4.08.03.03.04 Fines for infringement of Articles 101 TFEU and 102 TFEU (Articles 81 EC and 82 EC)
          4.08.03.03.04.02 Basic amount
            4.08.03.03.04.02.02 Basic amount according to the 1998 Guidelines
              4.08.03.03.04.02.02.01 General starting amount
                4.08.03.03.04.02.02.01.00 General
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.08 Competition
    4.08.03 Implementation of the competition rules
      4.08.03.03 Fines imposed by the Commission
        4.08.03.03.04 Fines for infringement of Articles 101 TFEU and 102 TFEU (Articles 81 EC and 82 EC)
          4.08.03.03.04.02 Basic amount
            4.08.03.03.04.02.02 Basic amount according to the 1998 Guidelines
              4.08.03.03.04.02.02.01 General starting amount
                4.08.03.03.04.02.02.01.03 Actual impact of the infringement on the market
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.08 Competition
    4.08.03 Implementation of the competition rules
      4.08.03.03 Fines imposed by the Commission
        4.08.03.03.04 Fines for infringement of Articles 101 TFEU and 102 TFEU (Articles 81 EC and 82 EC)
          4.08.03.03.04.02 Basic amount
            4.08.03.03.04.02.02 Basic amount according to the 1998 Guidelines
              4.08.03.03.04.02.02.01 General starting amount
                4.08.03.03.04.02.02.01.03 Actual impact of the infringement on the market
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.08 Competition
    4.08.03 Implementation of the competition rules
      4.08.03.03 Fines imposed by the Commission
        4.08.03.03.04 Fines for infringement of Articles 101 TFEU and 102 TFEU (Articles 81 EC and 82 EC)
          4.08.03.03.04.02 Basic amount
            4.08.03.03.04.02.02 Basic amount according to the 1998 Guidelines
              4.08.03.03.04.02.02.04 Duration of the infringement
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.08 Competition
    4.08.03 Implementation of the competition rules
      4.08.03.03 Fines imposed by the Commission
        4.08.03.03.04 Fines for infringement of Articles 101 TFEU and 102 TFEU (Articles 81 EC and 82 EC)
          4.08.03.03.04.03 Adjustment to the basic amount
            4.08.03.03.04.03.01 Attenuating/mitigating circumstances according to the 1998 and 2006 Guidelines
              4.08.03.03.04.03.01.01 Discretion
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.08 Competition
    4.08.03 Implementation of the competition rules
      4.08.03.03 Fines imposed by the Commission
        4.08.03.03.04 Fines for infringement of Articles 101 TFEU and 102 TFEU (Articles 81 EC and 82 EC)
          4.08.03.03.04.04 Leniency
            4.08.03.03.04.04.01 Relationship between the Leniency Notice and the Guidelines on the method of setting fines
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.08 Competition
    4.08.03 Implementation of the competition rules
      4.08.03.03 Fines imposed by the Commission
        4.08.03.03.04 Fines for infringement of Articles 101 TFEU and 102 TFEU (Articles 81 EC and 82 EC)
          4.08.03.03.04.04 Leniency
            4.08.03.03.04.04.00 General
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.08 Competition
    4.08.03 Implementation of the competition rules
      4.08.03.03 Fines imposed by the Commission
        4.08.03.03.04 Fines for infringement of Articles 101 TFEU and 102 TFEU (Articles 81 EC and 82 EC)
          4.08.03.03.04.04 Leniency
            4.08.03.03.04.04.00 General
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.08 Competition
    4.08.03 Implementation of the competition rules
      4.08.03.03 Fines imposed by the Commission
        4.08.03.03.08 Judicial review
          4.08.03.03.08.02 Review of lawfulness
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.08 Competition
    4.08.03 Implementation of the competition rules
      4.08.03.03 Fines imposed by the Commission
        4.08.03.03.04 Fines for infringement of Articles 101 TFEU and 102 TFEU (Articles 81 EC and 82 EC)
          4.08.03.03.04.02 Basic amount
            4.08.03.03.04.02.02 Basic amount according to the 1998 Guidelines
              4.08.03.03.04.02.02.01 General starting amount
                4.08.03.03.04.02.02.01.00 General


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 81 : paragraph 99
  • TFEU - Protocol No 3 -A21 : paragraph 68
  • Regulation 17/62 : paragraphs 53, 82, 99
  • Regulation 17/62 -A15P2 : paragraphs 50, 100
  • General Court - Rules of Procedure (1991) -A44P1LC : paragraph 68
  • General Court - Rules of Procedure (1991) -A46P1LB : paragraph 187
  • General Court - Rules of Procedure (1991) -A48P1 : paragraph 73
  • General Court - Rules of Procedure (1991) -A66P2 : paragraph 73
  • Secondary Legislation - Document published in the OJ C series- 31996Y0718(01) : paragraphs 50, 130, 133, 149, 179
  • Secondary Legislation - Document published in the OJ C series- 31996Y0718(01) -PTD : paragraph 133
  • Secondary Legislation - Document published in the OJ C series- 31998Y0114(01) : paragraphs 50 - 53, 83, 112 - 115, 125, 126
  • Secondary Legislation - Document published in the OJ C series- 31998Y0114(01) -PT1LB : paragraph 132
  • Secondary Legislation - Document published in the OJ C series- 31998Y0114(01) -PT3 : paragraph 125
  • Secondary Legislation - Document published in the OJ C series- 31998Y0114(01) -PT3T2 : paragraph 127
  • Secondary Legislation - Document published in the OJ C series- 31998Y0114(01) -PT3T6 : paragraphs 133 - 135
  • Secondary Legislation - Document published in the OJ C series- 31998Y0114(01) -PT5LB : paragraphs 165, 166, 168, 171
  • Regulation 1/2003 : paragraphs 53, 82, 99
  • Regulation 1/2003 -A23P2 : paragraph 50
  • Regulation 139/2004 -A14 : paragraph 100
  • Regulation 139/2004 -A15 : paragraph 100
  • Regulation 139/2004 -C10 : paragraph 100
  • Decision 2006/485 : paragraphs 12, 13
  • Decision 2006/485 -C23 : paragraph 156
  • Decision 2006/485 -C149 : paragraph 156
  • Decision 2006/485 -C286 : paragraph 153
  • Decision 2006/485 -C287 : paragraph 153
  • Decision 2006/485 -C288 : paragraph 153
  • Decision 2006/485 -C289 : paragraph 153
  • Decision 2006/485 -C290 : paragraph 153
  • Decision 2006/485 -C291 : paragraph 153
  • Decision 2006/485 -C292 : paragraph 153
  • Decision 2006/485 -C293 : paragraph 153
  • Decision 2006/485 -C294 : paragraph 153
  • Decision 2006/485 -C601 : paragraph 50
  • Decision 2006/485 -C682 : paragraph 79
  • Decision 2006/485 -C693 : paragraphs 79, 92, 105
  • Decision 2006/485 -C696 : paragraphs 79, 105
  • Decision 2006/485 -C758 : paragraph 155
  • Decision 2006/485 -C759 : paragraphs 132, 155
  • Decision 2006/485 -C760 : paragraph 155
  • Decision 2006/485 -C761 : paragraph 155
  • Decision 2006/485 -C783 : paragraph 151
  • Decision 2006/485 -C784 : paragraph 151
  • Decision 2006/485 -C785 : paragraph 151
  • Decision 2006/485 -C786 : paragraph 151
  • Decision 2006/485 -C787 : paragraph 151
  • Decision 2006/485 -C788 : paragraph 151
  • Decision 2006/485 -C789 : paragraph 151
  • Decision 2006/485 -C790 : paragraph 151
  • Decision 2006/485 -C797 : paragraph 157
  • Decision 2006/485 -C842 : paragraph 50
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -100/80 : paragraphs 82, 100
  • General Court - Judgment T -7/89 : paragraph 90
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -49/92 : paragraph 90
  • General Court - Judgment T -25/95 : paragraph 97
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -185/95 : paragraph 73
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -283/98 : paragraph 82
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -286/98 : paragraph 82
  • General Court - Judgment T -31/99 : paragraph 148
  • General Court - Judgment T -44/00 : paragraphs 136, 152
  • General Court - Judgment T -50/00 : paragraph 127
  • General Court - Judgment T -67/00 : paragraph 55
  • General Court - Judgment T -224/00 : paragraph 90
  • General Court - Judgment T -368/00 : paragraph 55
  • General Court - Judgment T -203/01 : paragraphs 111, 164
  • General Court - Judgment T -236/01 : paragraphs 80, 129, 164
  • General Court - Judgment T -241/01 : paragraphs 54, 86
  • General Court - Judgment T -322/01 : paragraphs 86, 89
  • General Court - Judgment T -329/01 : paragraphs 86, 89
  • General Court - Judgment T -26/02 : paragraph 127
  • General Court - Judgment T -38/02 : paragraphs 83, 152
  • General Court - Judgment T -43/02 : paragraphs 86, 89
  • General Court - Judgment T -59/02 : paragraphs 86, 89
  • General Court - Judgment T -62/02 : paragraphs 165 - 167
  • General Court - Judgment T -64/02 : paragraphs 166, 167
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -189/02 : paragraphs 52, 53
  • General Court - Judgment T -259/02 : paragraph 89
  • General Court - Judgment T -71/03 : paragraph 172
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -397/03 : paragraph 51
  • General Court - Judgment T -201/04 : paragraphs 68, 69
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -308/04 : paragraph 165
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -407/04 : paragraph 99
  • General Court - Judgment T -448/04 : paragraph 73
  • General Court - Judgment T -18/05 : paragraphs 191, 192
  • General Court - Judgment T -21/05 : paragraphs 191, 192
  • General Court - Judgment T -101/05 : paragraph 99
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -328/05 : paragraph 150
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -3/06 : paragraph 55

Operative part

  • Confirms : Decision 2006/485 -A02LG
  • Confirms : Decision 2006/485 -A02LH
  • Confirms : Decision 2006/485 -A02LI

Opinion

Information not available


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 21/01/2005

Date of the Opinion

Information not available

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

19/05/2010


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Application: OJ C 82 from 02.04.2005, p.39

Judgment: OJ C 179 from 03.07.2010, p.31

Name of the parties

KME Germany and Others v Commission

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Idot, Laurence: Entente horizontale, Europe 2010 Juillet Comm. nº 244 p.26-27
  2. Barbier de La Serre, Éric: Illégalité dans la hausse, égalité à la baisse, Revue Lamy de la Concurrence : droit, économie, régulation 2010 nº 24 p.56-57



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

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Subject-matter

  • Competition
  • - Agreements, decisions and concerted practices
  • - Concerted practices

Procedure and result

  • Actions for annulment : dismissal on substantive grounds
  • Appeal brought against a sanction : dismissal on substantive grounds

Formation of the Court

huitième chambre (Tribunal)

Judge-Rapporteur

Wahl

Advocate General

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Language(s) of the Case

  • English

Language(s) of the Opinion

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