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Antitrust Actions

Italian corrugated-cardboard cartel

Deminor invites companies that purchased corrugated-cardboard sheets and/or packaging in Italy between 2004 and 2017 to join a group action aimed at seeking recovery for the losses suffered as a result of an illicit cartel between several producers of corrugated-cardboard sheets and corrugated-cardboard packaging (the “Cartel”).
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On 17 July 2019, the Italian Competition Authority (“ICA”) concluded an investigation, finding that two separate agreements had been implemented to distort the competitive dynamics in the market for corrugated-cardboard sheets, and the market for corrugated-cardboard packaging respectively. The agreements involved manufacturers of corrugated-cardboard sheets and packaging, as well as the trade association Gruppo Italiano Fabbricanti Cartone Ondulato (GIFCO). They were fined a total of over EUR 287 million, one of the highest fines ever imposed in Italy.

These fines will not be used to compensate victims of the Cartel who must take action to defend their own interests. The ICA found that the purpose of the Cartel was to impact the market, including prices paid by purchasers of corrugated-cardboard sheets and packaging. Excessive prices paid by purchasers because of the Cartel are economic losses for which they can seek compensation.

Deminor advises companies that purchased corrugated-cardboard sheets and/or packaging from one or more members of the Cartel between 2004 and 2017 to take action to defend their interests and to seek recovery for their losses.

Registration is free of charge and subject to confidentiality. Further information and documents to join the Deminor action will follow in due course.

Members of the Cartel

GROUP DS SMITH*; SMURFIT KAPPA ITALIA S.P.A.; GROUP PRO-GEST*; INTERNATIONAL PAPER ITALIA S.R.L.; GROUP LAVEGGIA*; SANDRA S.P.A.*; GROUP SADA*; I.C.O. INDUSTRIA CARTONE ONDULATO S.R.L.; GROUP INNOVA*; SAICA PACK ITALIA S.P.A.; IMBALLAGGI PIEMONTESI S.R.L.; ONDULATI ED IMBALLAGGI DEL FRIULI S.P.A.; ONDULATI NORDEST S.P.A.; ONDULATO PICENO S.R.L.; ADDA ONDULATI SOCIETÀ PER AZIONI; ICOM S.P.A.; GROUP MILLESTAMPE*; MAURO BENEDETTI S.P.A.; GRIMALDI S.P.A.; ONDULATI DEL SAVIO S.R.L.; SCATOLIFICIO IDEALKART S.R.L.; TOPPAZZINI S.P.A.

* Please contact Deminor for the full lists of group companies involved in the Cartel

Relevant period

01/01/2004 – 30/03/2017

Registration deadline

30/12/2019

Contact person

✉️ Rosario Marcone 

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