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Local court affirms strict confidentiality of leniency applications

 |  January 31, 2012

The Amtsgericht Bonn affirmed the Bundeskartellamt’s position on strict confidentiality of leniency applications on January 30. The case at hand involves price-fixing between manufacturers of decor paper. One of the cartel’s customers, Pfleiderer AG, requested files from the BUndeskartellamt to prepare a civil suit, but was refused. On appeal, the court decided that Pfleiderer cannot access the leniency applications of the cartel participants.

The Bundeskartellamt emphasizes confidential leniency applications to encourage cartel participant cooperation with the competition watchdog.

Source: Bundeskartellamt Press Release


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