Corporate and personal fines for cartel activities in the plumbing sector

3.8.2019

Danish plumbing firm Christoffersen & Knudsen A/S has accepted a fine of DKK 575,000 for having exchanged and coordinated prices and other terms with a competitor. In a similar linked case, three management employees (one of whom worked for Christoffersen & Knudsen A/S) have accepted personal fines of DKK 25,000 each.

By attorney Troels Wittendorff Gram

The cases are the result of the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority’s bid rigging investigations in the plumbing sector. The investigations started in 2015 following a tip and resulted in notification of the State Prosecutor for Serious Economic and International Crime with a view to criminal prosecution.

The cases involve bid rigging in connection with building contracts. Christoffersen & Knudsen A/S pleaded guilty as charged and accepted the fine of DKK 575,000.

Three management employees of Christoffersen & Knudsen A/S, Fredensborg VVS-Teknik A/S and Sanoterm Danmark A/S (which has now gone bankrupt) also pleaded guilty and each paid a personal fine of DKK 25,000.

In one of the other cases, Fredensborg VVS-Teknik A/S accepted a fine of DKK 1,000,000 in the summer of 2017 (read our previous news article).

See the fine notices (in Danish):