On 17 June 2009, the European Commission published in the Official Journal a summary of its June 2008 decision to impose a total fine of €79 million on eight companies within four corporate groups for participating, in breach of Article 81(1) of the EC Treaty, in an illegal market-sharing and price-fixing cartel in the sodium chlorate paper bleach sector. The Commission found that from 1994 to early 2000 the companies held regular meetings (and had other contact) to discuss prices and sales volumes and to exchange sensitive commercial information. Such discussions led to price-fixing and allocation of sales volumes between the cartel participants. The Commission has also found that the companies took action to ensure the implementation of their agreements. The Opinion of the Advisory Committee and the Final Report of the Hearing Officer have also published. Appeals against the Commission's decision have been lodged with the Court of First Instance.