Each week European or national competition authorities impose fines on cartel members for their participation in their illegal activities. Given the high number of potential cases for claims enforcement, identifying promising cases is the first important challenge. CDC selects its cases by monitoring cartel decisions and analysing affected markets. Facts of each case are analysed thoroughly including the type and scope of the infringement, the cartel participants and the administrative proceedings leading to the cartel decision.
Case selection analysis includes a preliminary legal and economic assessment. From an economic perspective, the volume of the affected markets, both in quantity and monetary terms, is identified. Relevant parameters such as demand, supply and capacity are carefully assessed together with price developments and preliminary indications of damaging cartel effects. The preliminary case assessment allows CDC well-founded conclusions regarding the risks and potential value of claims, as well as the most efficient enforcement strategy.