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European Truck Cartel

European Commission Investigation and Fines

On 19 July 2016, the European Commission (EC) announced that it fined five companies €2.93 billion (the EC’s highest ever cartel fine) for their role in a cartel from 1997 to 2011 that fixed the prices of medium and heavy trucks used in road haulage and that passed on the costs of compliance with stricter European emission standards to customers. The addressees (and their respective fines), which are said to account for 90 percent of the medium and heavy trucks produced in Europe, include:




leniency recipient


€670 million


€1 billion


€495 million


€753 million

According to the EC, the addressees coordinated: 

  1. the "gross list" prices (i.e., the factory price) they each set;
  2. the timing of the introduction of technology needed to meet stricter European emission standards; and
  3. the passing on of the costs incurred in meeting those stricter emission standards. 

They did this through regular meetings that began in January 1997 and became more formalized over time. The decision applies to medium trucks (weighing between 6 and 16 tons) and heavy trucks (weighing over 16 tons). The geographic scope of the cartel covered the entire European Economic Area (EEA).

The EC's decision is not yet available to the public, but establishes liability against these entities under European law. In addition, the EC continues to investigate truck manufacturer Scania, which has chosen not to settle with the EC at this time.

Click to access the EC press release announcing its decision.

Opportunity to Recover Damages

Crowell & Moring is an innovator in the practice of proactively identifying and successfully pursuing opportunities for our corporate clients to recover money owed to them. We regularly pursue these types of cases on behalf of our clients. In connection with this opportunity, we are teaming with experienced Dutch counsel, bureau Brandeis, to pursue damages claims in the Netherlands. Bureau Brandeis is the largest litigation-only firm in the Netherlands with a special focus on cartel damages litigation. We are preparing a claim to be filed soon and would welcome the opportunity to speak with you.

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If your company bought medium- or heavy-trucks in the EEA during the period 1997-2011 and would like more information about how to join our effort to recover damages, please click to complete a basic form and we will contact you immediately.

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