In a pending alleged cartel case, the Court of First Instance (CFI) has been asked to review internal telephone documents proving that the Japanese company Chisso Corporation was first in line in the leniency process. Chisso's position is being challenged by Hoechst, who claimed it was the first to apply for leniency. The two companies were involved in an alleged price-fixing and market-sharing cartel in the sorbate market between 1978 and 1998. Hoechst was fined €99 million whereas Chisso was granted full immunity for being the first company to inform the Commission of the existence of the alleged cartel.