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German supreme court: compliance systems can reduce penalty size

By Euan Conley

24 August 2017

German supreme court: compliance systems can reduce penalty size

 German Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe Credit: commonswikimedia.org/comquat

An effective compliance management system and remedial action taken by a company once it uncovers a crime should be taken into account when calculating the level of fine it must pay, Germany's highest court has said in a landmark ruling.