The General Court (“GC”) handed down its judgment concerning numerous appeals against the Commission’s decision concerning the bathroom fixtures and fittings cartel. In its decision of 23 June 2010, the Commission imposed fines totaling more than EUR 622 million on several bathroom equipment manufacturers for participation in the cartel. A number of addressees of the decision appealed before the GC. The GC partly annulled the Commission’s decision concerning two companies, Roca France, Roca Sanitatio SA, and reduced the fines imposed on them due to the amount of the fine having been determined without account being taken of the companies’ cooperation with the Commission during the administrative proceedings. Moreover, The GC partially annulled the Commission’s decision and reduced the fines imposed on Trane Inc, Wabco Europe and Ideal Standard Italia Srl.; Keramag Keramische Werke AG, Koralle Sanitärprodukte GmbH, Koninklijke Sphinx BV, Allia SAS, Produits Céramique de Touraine SA (PCT), Pozzi Ginori SpA and Sanitec Europe Oy on the grounds that the Commission had evaluated incorrectly the duration of the infringement. Furthermore, the GC partially annulled the Commission’s decision concerning Duravit AG, Duravit BeLux SPRL/BVBA and Duravit SA and the Villeroy & Boch Group due to errors made by the Commission as regards the nature and/or extent of participation of these companies in the cartel. The GC, nevertheless, upheld the fines imposed on these companies as it considered that they served as an appropriate and dissuasive penalty. Finally, the GC dismissed appeals lodged by six other addressees of the Commission’s decision. Source: GCEU Press Release 16/9/2013