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Copper Fittings

Related Lawyers: Anthony Maton, Nicola Boyle
Related Practice Areas: Competition Litigation

In 2006, the European Commission (“EC”) fined a group of leading companies €314.76 million for participating in a European copper fittings cartel. The cartel operated from 1988 and 2004.

The Cartel

Among those companies named in the EC Decision as cartelists are Aalberts, Advanced Fluid Connections, Aquatis France and Simplex Armaturen, Delta, Flowflex, Frabo, IMI, Legris, Mueller, Sanha Kaimer, Tomkins and Viegener. The cartelist engaged in price fixing, systematic agreements on discounts and rebates as well as agreeing market and customer allocation.

Copper fittings act as a connector of tubes used in the transportation of water, air, gas, heating and other sanitation purposes. In addition to copper fittings, the scope of the EC decision includes end-feeder fittings, solder ring, press and push-fit fittings.

Our Actions

Hausfeld brought proceedings on behalf of a group of over 20 leading construction companies against a number of cartelists in the Chancery Division in the London High Court in May 2012.

If your organisation purchased copper fittings between 1988 and 2004, then it can recover damages from the members of the cartel.

 

Supporting Documents

  1. European Commission Press Release, 20 September 2006