EU Eyes Honeywell, DuPont In Antitrust Probe

Law360, New York (December 16, 2011, 1:22 PM EST) -- The European Commission launched a formal antitrust probe Friday into how Honeywell International Inc. used its patents for a new, environmentally safer refrigerant for car air conditioners as well as the company's joint venture with DuPont Co. to develop the chemical.

The investigation centers around a new refrigerant designed for use in future car air conditioning systems called 1234yf, which the companies say has a 99.7 percent lower global warming potential than current refrigerants. The chemical was selected to replace the current standard refrigerant — which...
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