EU Affirms €20M Cigarette Cartel Fine

Law360, New York (December 12, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Europe's highest court has affirmed the Italian competition watchdog's 2003 decision to fine Ente Tabacchi Italiani – the former Italian state tobacco company that went private in 2003 – €20 million ($29.4 million) for fixing the prices of cigarettes, holding that responsibility for breaching competition rules can pass from one entity to another if they answer to the same public authority.

The European Court of Justice held that when two entities are identical from an economic point of view “a legal or organizational change affecting the...
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