The EU Court of Justice clarifies the Hearing Officer’s scope of review regarding confidentiality requests while rejecting any special treatment of leniency applicants at the publication stage

In its confirmatory ruling issued on 26 July 2017, the EU Court of Justice (hereafter “the Court”) upheld the EU General Court ruling of 15 July 2015 [1] which had dismissed AGC Glass group’s action against the Commission’s decision [2] rejecting their request for confidential treatment of certain information contained in the non-confidential version of the 2008 cartel car glass decision [3]. The AGC Glass group entities seeking judicial review (hereafter the “appellants”) had been fined for having participated, together with three other car glass manufacturers, to a market sharing cartel, consisting in allocating customers and coordinating pricing policies and supply strategies for the supply of car glass in the EEA. Having applied for leniency and cooperated with the EU Commission

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Camille François, The EU Court of Justice clarifies the Hearing Officer’s scope of review regarding confidentiality requests while rejecting any special treatment of leniency applicants at the publication stage, 26 July 2017, e-Competitions Bulletin July 2017, Art. N° 85048

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