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Vitamin price fixing

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

European Commission levies $751.3 mil. fine against eight firms Nov. 21 "for participating in...distinct secret market-sharing and price-fixing cartels affecting vitamin product" from September 1989 to February 1999. Firms charged are Hoffmann-La Roche, BASF, Aventis, Merck KgaA, Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Daiichi Pharmaceutical, Eisai and Takeda Chemical Industries. Since Hoffmann-La Roche "participated in all the cartels," it received the highest fine of $405.9 mil. (1 Euro=$.878). EC decision comes roughly two years after the U.S. Department of Justice levied criminal fines of more than $850 mil. (1"The Tan Sheet" Sept. 13, 1999, p. 4)...

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