Química: Further Developing the Rules on Parent Company Liability

Maastricht Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2011/33

European Competition Law Review, Vol. 32, Issue 9, 2011; FInal version published as Cauffman, C. & Olaerts, M. (2011). Quimica: further developing the rules on parent company liability. European competition Law Review, 32(9), 431-440

19 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2011 Last revised: 12 Jan 2014

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Caroline Cauffman

Maastricht University

Mieke Olaerts

Maastricht University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: October 14, 2011

Abstract

On 20 January 2011, the Court of Justice of the European Union reached a decision in Química. The case dealt with the widely debated topic of parent company liability for infringements of competition law by its subsidiaries. The case note discusses consecutively: the facts of the case and the ruling of the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union, the definition and interpretation of the concept of a single economic unit, and the rebuttal of the presumption raised by the 100% shareholding. It concludes with some ideas and comments with regard to the judgment of the Court and the future outlooks regarding parent company liability for competition law infringements by subsidiaries.

Keywords: anti-competitive practices, EU law, parent companies, subsidiary companies, rebuttable presumption

Suggested Citation

Cauffman, Caroline and Olaerts, Mieke, Química: Further Developing the Rules on Parent Company Liability (October 14, 2011). Maastricht Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2011/33. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1944053

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