Cartels - Case 3

Quantification of the overcharge in the German cement cartel case as an independent expert for the Higher Regional Court

E.CA was assigned as a court expert in the German Cement Cartel case. The Higher Court confirmed the cartel infringements, extending the cartel period from 1991 to 2001 and covering all German regions. The assignment was focused on the quantification of the overcharge. Particular challenges were the restriction of using public data, the treatment of the price war after cartel breakdown, and the application of the quantity effect. The final assessment was presented during an oral hearing in June 2009 and resulted in fines of several hundred million Euros.