|Overall Cartel Period||2002-2005|
|Participants||Henkel AG & KGaA; Proctor & Gamble Co. and Proctor & Gamble International Sarl; Unilever PLC and Unilever NV|
|Total Fines (DOJ)||No fines imposed|
|Total Fines (EC)||€315.2 million|
In 2011, the European Commission (“EC”) imposed fines totaling €315.2 million on Unilever and Procter & Gamble for operating a cartel together with Henkel in the consumer detergent industry in eight European Union countries. Henkel received immunity due to it being the first to reveal the existence of the cartel to the EC in 2008. Unilever and Procter & Gamble also received reductions in their fines by quickly acknowledging their participation in the cartel. The cartel concerned powder detergents used in washing machines. The EC has evidence suggesting that the cartel lasted from 2002 to 2005.
- The cartel covered Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands.
- Procter & Gamble was fined €211 million despite receiving a 50% leniency reduction.
|Henkel AG & KGaA||Immunity||04/13/2011|
|Proctor & Gamble Co. and Proctor & Gamble International Sarl||€ 211.2 million||04/13/2011|
|Unilever PLC and Unilever NV||€ 104 million||04/13/2011|