OTTAWA, December 14, 2012 — The Competition Bureau today announced that the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) has withdrawn charges recently laid against Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. and its subsidiary BFI Canada Inc. (known together as Progressive) for alleged breaches of a June 2010 Consent Agreement with the Bureau. The charges were laid under the Competition Act on September 11, 2012.
On September 19, 2012, the Bureau became aware of an unfortunate procedural error, where certain information subject to solicitor-client privilege had been inadvertently shared with Bureau investigators and the PPSC.
Upon discovering the error, Progressive's legal counsel was immediately advised. The Bureau took immediate steps to review the integrity of its investigative processes and implement safeguards to prevent such an error in the future.
The Bureau is aware of steps taken by Progressive to improve its systems to comply with the Consent Agreement, including its systems for reporting accurately to the Bureau on a timely basis. The Bureau has concluded that it is no longer appropriate to continue court proceedings in this case.
The Competition Bureau, as an independent law enforcement agency, ensures that Canadian businesses and consumers prosper in a competitive and innovative marketplace.
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