A court sentenced Rossmann to a fine of 20 million euros for illegal price fixing for filter coffee. Years ago, the drugstore group rejected a much lower fine from the Federal Cartel Office and took legal action through all instances.
The Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court has sentenced the drugstore chain Rossmann to a fine of 20 million euros for its participation in a coffee cartel. In the opinion of the 1st Cartel Senate, Dirk Rossmann GmbH was guilty of an intentional antitrust violation, a court spokeswoman said in the afternoon. The verdict had already been announced on Friday, but is not yet final.
The case even dealt with the Federal Court of Justice twice. In the new main hearing before the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court, which became necessary due to a BGH decision, an agreement was reached between the parties so that the court was essentially able to limit itself to the sentencing.
In its decision to impose a fine of 20 million euros, the court also took into account the fact that Dirk Rossmann GmbH was not the driving force behind and in the cartel, in addition to the fact that the proceedings have now lasted more than twelve years, said the court spokeswoman. Compared to other trading companies involved in the cartel, Rossmann is only of lesser importance in the German coffee sales to end consumers. The fine is therefore in the lower range of the framework under consideration. The Düsseldorf Attorney General, the Federal Cartel Office and Rossmann can still appeal the decision to the Federal Court of Justice.