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General Court Confirms that the Commission May Rely on Lawfully Seized Recordings Even if Made Unlawfully by a Third Party

On 8 September 2016 the General Court (“GC”) dismissed Heiploeg’s appeal against the European Commission’s (“Commission”) decision in Shrimps (AT.39633) and confirmed that the Commission may rely on recordings seized lawfully...more

The EU Commission Should Provide Concrete Reasons for Requesting Information

The statement of reasons of a decision requesting information from a company must be appropriate and disclose the purpose of the request so that the company can provide the Commission with the information necessary to that...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – October 2015

On 14 September 2015, an individual (Nigel Snee) was sentenced by a UK court to six months of imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, for committing the criminal “cartel offence”. He was also ordered to do 120 hours of...more

Dawn raids under scrutiny again by European Human Rights Court

ECtHR rules that French dawn raids in Vinci/GTM case breached fundamental rights - The European Court of Human Rights (the “ECtHR”) has ruled in the Vinci case that the circumstances surrounding the electronic removal of...more

Seizure of Electronic Data: Dawn Raid Inspection Guidance Revised

In an era when the vast majority of written communications are made by electronic means, a company’s obligations to cooperate with Commission officials in an “antitrust dawn raid” extend to the granting of access to all...more

REGULATORY: EU Competition Law: European Commission opens two abuse of dominance inquiries against Bulgarian and Romanian Energy...

The European Commission (“Commission”) has announced two formal proceedings to investigate potential competition law violations by energy companies in Eastern Europe. The Commission is investigating whether Bulgarian Energy...more

REGULATORY: EU Competition Law: The Cost of Compliance – Breaking Seals in European Commission Investigations By Suzanne Rab

The Court of Justice of the EU (“Court of Justice”) has dismissed an appeal by the German energy company E.ON Energie AG (“E.ON”) against a lower court’s judgment upholding a European Commission (“Commission”) decision...more

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