Cartel dawn raid on manufacturers of power transformers

DG Competition notice that it has conducted unannounced inspections at the premises of manufacturers of power transformers in connection with a cartel inquiry.

The standard-form press notice states that "there is no strict deadline to complete cartel inquiries". In previous similar cases, there was a delay of more than two years from dawn raids to decision, and potentially another two years in court if the parties challenge a finding of infringement.

As with gas insulated switchgear, if there was a cartel then any follow-on claims for damages by price-controlled electricity utilities would raise an interesting twist on the passing-on defence.

For further information or advice please contact Franck Latrémolière.

Filed under Article 81, DG Competition, Electricity.

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