On April 13, 2011, the European Commission (EC) fined Procter & Gamble and Unilever a total of €315.2 million for their participation in a household laundry powder detergents cartel. The cartel began when the companies implemented an initiative through their trade association to improve the environmental performance of detergent products. This collaboration led to wider arrangements aimed at price coordination and stabilizing market positions. Additional information is available in our May 2011 EU/UK Competition Law Newsletter.