ECJ Urged To Largely Uphold €116M Disk Drive Cartel Fines

Law360 (June 3, 2021, 6:48 PM EDT) -- An advocate general of Europe's top court came down largely on the side of the bloc's antitrust enforcer Thursday, backing its decision to whack eight optical disk drive suppliers with €116 million ($140 million) in fines for conspiring to rig bids for Dell and Hewlett-Packard's business.

The nonbinding opinion says that the European Commission's methodology for calculating the fines was largely sound, and suggests rejecting the part of the appeal that argues the commission did a bad job coming up with the euro number.

"[T]here is not, in my view, any obvious error of law in the judgments under appeal as...

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