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20.12.2017 11:0 Uhr Berlin/Munich

Deutsche Bahn takes legal action against truck cartel

German Armed Forces and more than 40 business enterprises take joint action with DB • Bundling claims expected to raise efficiency

Deutsche Bahn filed a lawsuit today with the Munich Regional Court against DAF, Daimler, Iveco, MAN and Volvo/Renault, the corporations involved in the truck cartel. DB is enforcing its damage claims together with the German Armed forces. They have also been severely affected by the cartel which has existed for 14 years. In addition to the Armed Forces, more than 40 corporations from a variety of German industry sectors have assigned their claims to DB. These include German airport operators who are members of the German Airports Association ADV as well as major trading and logistics corporations.

Ulrich Weber, Member of the DB Management Board for Human Resources and Legal Affairs, commented, “Deutsche Bahn is absolutely determined to get full compensation from the members of the cartel. We are pleased to have the support of the German Armed Forces and the other enterprises. The illegal price fixing has caused enormous damage to our company and to the other parties concerned.”

Dr. Katrin Suder, Secretary of State in the Federal Ministry of Defense, stated, “The specialists at Deutsche Bahn have substantial experience and have already been highly successful in enforcing cartel damage claims. Under budget law, we are obliged to verify and enforce any potential claims – after all, this is about the taxpayer’s money.”

With the lawsuit filed in Munich today, DB enforces bundled damage claims for at least 35,000 trucks affected by the cartel, involving a purchasing volume of far more than two billion euros. At DB Schenker alone – the largest land freight forwarder in Europe – several thousand trucks have been affected by the cartel. Renowned competition economists are currently determining the amount of damage.

In 2016 and 2017, the EU Commission established that the truck manufacturers had illegally agreed on gross list prices for trucks between 1997 and 2011. They had also agreed on delaying the introduction of new technologies to reduce emissions, and to pass the costs for these technologies on to the customers. The members of the cartel received record fines amounting to a total of 3.8 billion euros.