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Either Lundbeck or the EU Commission is lying

Lundbeck was recently handed a historically high fine of DKK 700m (USD 124m) by the EU Commission for violating competition laws. Both parties accuse each other of lying about important, internal documents.

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Internal documents from Lundbeck referring to “a pile of $$$” and a “club”, are at the centre of a case in which the Danish company is accused of acting outside of the law in a bid to avoid generics manufacturers from violating its valid patents a few years back.

Evidence suggests that especially 2 or 3 documents, out of a total of 90,000 pages that the Commission has received from Lundbeck in the case, have crucial significance. Doubts have not been raised over whether or not the words “a pile of $$$” or “club” have been used, because they have.

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