Compensation claimed in respect of financial loss caused by price-fixing and market sharing.

In 2001, eight companies were fined a total of euro 855m for
participating in secret market sharing and price-fixing cartels, which,
by eliminating competition, distorted the market for a large number of
vitamins.

Four years on, a group of animal feed producers is taking three of the
cartel companies - Roche Holdings AG, BASF AG and SanofiAventis SA - to
England's high court.  These animal feed producers claim that
sustained economic disadvantage as a result of the actions of the
vitamin producers and are seeking competition, as this was not provided
for in the Commission's 2001 decision.

The three cartel companies maintain that they have a strong defence to these claims.

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