EU Court Shaves Spanish Tobacco Cartel Fine

Law360, New York (March 8, 2011, 4:03 PM EST) -- A European court trimmed a cartel fine against World Wide Tobacco Espana SA to €1.58 million ($2.2 million) from €1.8 million on Tuesday, ruling the company deserved a larger leniency reduction.

The European General Court upheld the rest of the European Commission's 2004 decision to penalize the tobacco company for fixing the prices it would pay for raw tobacco. The commission's original ruling also included several other Spanish processors.

The court's reasoning Tuesday echoed its decision to likewise trim fellow alleged cartel member Compania Espanola de...
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