EU Court Dumps Grolsch’s $44M Cartel Fine

Law360, New York (September 15, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT) -- A European Union court on Thursday annulled a €31.66 million ($44 million) cartel fine against Koninklijke Grolsch NV, finding the European Commission did not present enough evidence to prove the Dutch brewery was involved in a price-fixing cartel.

The EU's General Court vacated the fine against Grolsch, a unit of SABMiller PLC, ruling the antitrust watchdog improperly penalized Grolsch in 2007 for a subsidiary’s involvement in an alleged beer cartel in the Netherlands.

“The evidence available to the commission was not sufficient to establish the direct...
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