Competition Act 2002

Penalties and proceedings in relation to offences under section 6 and 7.

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8.—(1) An undertaking guilty of an offence under section 6 (being an offence involving an agreement, decision or concerted practice to which subsection (2) of that section applies) shall be liable—

( a) on summary conviction—

(i) in the case of an undertaking that is not an individual, to a F8 [ class A fine ] or

(ii) in the case of an individual, to such a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both such fine and such imprisonment,

( b) on conviction on indictment—

(i) in the case of an undertaking that is not an individual, to a fine not exceeding whichever of the following amounts is the greater, namely, F8 [ 5,000,000 ] or 10 per cent of the turnover of the undertaking in the financial year ending in the 12 months prior to the conviction, or

(ii) in the case of an individual, to a fine not exceeding whichever of the following amounts is the greater, namely, F8 [ 5,000,000 ] or 10 per cent of the turnover of the individual in the financial year ending in the 12 months prior to the conviction or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding F8 [ 10 years ] or to both such fine (that is to say a fine not exceeding the greater of the foregoing monetary amounts) and such imprisonment.

(2) An undertaking guilty of an offence under section 6 (other than one to which subsection (1) applies) or section 7 shall, whether the undertaking is an individual or otherwise, be liable—

( a) on summary conviction, to a F8 [ class A fine ] or

( b) on conviction on indictment, to a fine not exceeding whichever of the following amounts is the greater, namely, F8 [ 5,000,000 ] or 10 per cent of the turnover of the undertaking in the financial year ending in the 12 months prior to the conviction.

(3) Sections 6 and 7 operate so that if the contravention concerned continues one or more days after the date of its first occurrence the undertaking referred to in section 6 or 7, as the case may be, is guilty of a separate offence under that section for each day that the contravention occurs; but in respect of the second or subsequent offence of which the undertaking is guilty by reason of that continued contravention, subsections (1) and (2) shall have effect as if—

( a) in the case of subsection (1)

F8 [ (i) in paragraph ( a ), class E fine were substituted for class A fine and references to imprisonment were disregarded, and ]

(ii) in paragraph (b)

(I) references to a fine not exceeding F8 [ 50,000 ] were substituted for the references to a fine not exceeding the greater of the monetary amounts mentioned therein, and

(II) references to imprisonment were disregarded,

and

( b) in the case of subsection (2)

F8 [ (i) in paragraph ( a ), class E fine were substituted for class A fine , and ]

(ii) in paragraph (b), a reference to a fine not exceeding F8 [ 50,000 ] were substituted for the reference to a fine not exceeding the greater of the monetary amounts mentioned therein.

(4) Where a court imposes a fine or affirms or varies a fine imposed by another court for an offence under section 6 or 7 in proceedings brought by F9 [ the competent authority ], it shall, on the application of F9 [ that authority ] (made before the time of such imposition, affirmation or variation), provide by order for the payment of the amount of the fine to F9 [ that authority ] and such payment may be enforced by F9 [ that authority ] as if the payment were due to F9 [ that authority ] on foot of a decree or order made by the court in civil proceedings.

(5) The amount of any fine paid to, or recovered by, F9 [ the competent authority ] under subsection (4) shall be disposed of by it in such manner as the Minister for Finance directs.

(6) Where an offence under section 6 or 7 has been committed by an undertaking and the doing of the acts that constituted the offence has been authorised, or consented to, by a person, being a director, manager, or other similar officer of the undertaking, or a person who purports to act in any such capacity, that person as well as the undertaking shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished as if he or she were guilty of the first-mentioned offence.

(7) Where a person is proceeded against as aforesaid for such an offence and it is proved that, at the material time, he or she was a director of the undertaking concerned or a person employed by it whose duties included making decisions that, to a significant extent, could have affected the management of the undertaking, or a person who purported to act in any such capacity, it shall be presumed, until the contrary is proved, that that person consented to the doing of the acts by the undertaking which constituted the commission by it of the offence concerned under section 6 or 7.

(8) Where the affairs of a body corporate are managed by its members, subsections (6) and (7) shall apply in relation to the acts or defaults of a member in connection with his or her functions of management as if he or she were a director of the body corporate.

(9) Summary proceedings in relation to an offence under section 6 or 7 may be brought by F9 [ the competent authority ].

(10) An action under F8 [ section 14 or section 14A ] may be brought whether or not there has been a prosecution for an offence under section 6 or 7 in relation to the matter concerned and such an action shall not prejudice the initiation of a prosecution for any such offence.

(11) Notwithstanding section 10(4) of the Petty Sessions (Ireland) Act, 1851, summary proceedings for an offence under section 6 or 7 may be instituted within 2 years after the day on which the offence was committed.

F10 [ (11A) Section 1(1) of the Probation of Offenders Act 1907 shall not apply in relation to an offence under section 6 or 7.

(11B) F11 [ ]

(11C) F11 [ ] ]

(12) In this section “turnover” does not include any payment in respect of value-added tax on sales or the provision of services or in respect of duty of excise.

Annotations:

Amendments:

F8

Substituted (3.07.2012) by Competition (Amendment) Act 2012 (18/2012), s. 2(a)-(g), S.I. No. 236 of 2012.

F9

Substituted (15.05.2007) by Communications Regulation (Amendment) Act 2007 (22/2007), s. 25, S.I. No. 224 of 2007.

F10

Inserted (3.07.2012) by Competition (Amendment) Act 2012 (18/2012), s. 2(h), S.I. No. 236 of 2012.

F11

Repealed (31.10.2014) by Competition and Consumer Protection Act 2014 (29/2014), s. 7(1)(a), S.I. No. 366 of 2014.

Editorial Notes:

E16

Previous affecting provision: subss. (11B) and (11C) inserted (3.07.2012) by Competition (Amendment) Act 2012 (18/2012), s. 2(h), S.I. No. 236 of 2012; subsequently repealed as per F-note above.