E.C. Charges Heavy Electrical Equipment Cartel

Law360, New York (May 4, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The European Commission said Thursday that it has charged a number of makers of heavy electrical equipment for price-fixing and working in an alleged cartel.

The Commission said in a statement that it suspects that the firms fixed prices for gas-insulated switchgear and shared contracts, thereby restricting competition and violating European Commission treaty rules.

Gas-insulated switchgear is a type of heavy electricity equipment that is used to control energy flow in electricity grids. It uses sulfur hexafluoride gas to insulate its conductors and circuit breakers, and...
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