Analysis: “The Court of Justice Provides Guidance on the Duration of Bid-Rigging Cartels in Kilpailu- ja kuluttajavirasto (C-450/19)” by David Pérez de Lamo
On 14 January 2021, the Court of Justice handed down a judgment in competition law case Kilpailu- ja kuluttajavirasto (C-450/19) concerning the duration of bid-rigging cartels.
The Finnish Competition Authority (‘FCA’) found that Eltel had infringed Article 101 TFEU and the national equivalent (Article 4 Competition Act) by agreeing with Empower on prices, profit margins and the sharing of contracts for the planning and construction of electricity transmission lines in Finland. On 31 October 2014, the FCA thus proposed to the Finnish Commercial Court that it find Eltel liable and impose a fine of 35 million euros on it. Empower, however, was granted leniency. The Finnish Commercial Court dismissed the FCA’s proposal because the st