WABCO Awarded Reimbursement of 203 Million Euros by EU General Court from EU Fine on Former Entities of American Standard
WABCO Awarded Reimbursement of 203 Million Euros by EU General Court from EU Fine on Former Entities of American Standard Companies Inc. in Bathroom Fittings Cartel
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM and MOSCOW, RUSSIA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/16/13 -- WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE:WBC) (www.wabco-auto.com), a global technology leader and tier-one supplier to the commercial vehicle industry, today announced that the General Court of the European Union has significantly reduced a civil fine of EUR 326 million imposed by the European Commission in June 2010 ($400 million at the date of assessment) against entities representing the former American Standard Companies Inc. and certain of its former operations in Europe regarding a bathroom fittings and fixtures cartel. The General Court has reduced the fine by EUR 203 million (approximately $271 million at today's exchange rate) to EUR 123 million.
"WABCO is satisfied with the General Court's ruling in this matter," said Jacques Esculier, WABCO Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Indeed, we are pleased that the court has recognized our strong grounds for appeal and has decided to significantly reduce the fine."
As previously reported, WABCO filed its appeal against the European Commission's fine in the General Court of the European Union, on September 8, 2010.
Also as previously disclosed, WABCO has never manufactured or marketed any of the products that were the subject of the European Commission's investigation and no one from WABCO had any involvement with the matter. However, in connection with its spin-off from American Standard Companies Inc. in 2007, and as disclosed in WABCO's Form 10K and 10Q filings, WABCO was obliged to indemnify American Standard Companies Inc., now known as Trane Inc., and certain of its former entities involved in the Commission's investigation and related fines.
As required by its indemnification agreement with Trane, WABCO paid the full amount of the fine in September 2010 and will keep the full amount of the reimbursement.
The facts of the case are now settled. However, the European Commission has up to 2 months and 10 days from receipt of the General Court's full judgment to decide whether to appeal the decision, but only on matters of law. In any event, an appeal would not suspend payment of the reimbursement to WABCO.
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