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Colombia: Notebook maker Carvajal lashes back vs. competition authorities

 |  August 30, 2016

Emilio José Archila, the attorney representing Cuadernos Carvajal, has questioned the findings presented by the country’s competition authority in the so-calles ‘notebook cartel’ case. The case also involved multinationals Kimberly Clark and Scribe, which avoided fines by applying to the country’s leniency laws.

“When viewing the Superintendence’s ruling, we find that there are some individuals who have been sanctioned because they attended a single lunch meeting over 10 years ago. There are people also whose only sin was to be copied in an e-mail. They have given out 200 million peso fines, without even being able to tell whether the message was even read or not” said the attorney.

Carvajal’s defense lawyer added that, in any case, there had been no actual harm done to Colombia’s notebook market. “The alleged agreements never existed, and the SIC itself has said there is no evidence of there being any harm done to consumers based on the various companies’ share of the market.”

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