The European Commission has imposed a fine of EUR 38 million on the German energy company E.ON for the breach of a seal affixed by the Commission during an inspection in May 2006. The seal had been affixed to secure documents collected at E.ON’s premises during a dawn raid for alleged anticompetitive practices in the German electricity market. E.ON denied having broken the seal, and suggested that other reasons, such as the age of the seal or a high level of humidity, may have caused the seal to appear to have been violated. The Commission conducted an investigation, which included the use of outside experts, and concluded that the seals had, indeed, been violated by someone within E.ON.