The EU General Court grants access by a private antitrust plaintiff to the Commission’s files in cartel proceedings (CDC Hydrogene Peroxide)

The General Court of the European Union (General Court) has annulled a decision by the EU Commission (EC) that denied access by a private plaintiff to the EC’s files in cartel proceedings (Case T 437/08 – CDC Hydrogene Peroxide vs European Commission). The plaintiff requested access to those files to use in antitrust damages litigation in Germany. The General Court’s decision of December 15, 2011, highlights the fact that immunity applicants and companies fined for antitrust infringements continue to face a significant risk that the agencies’ findings will be used in follow-on litigation for damages. Background The EC fined certain producers of bleaching chemicals for price fixing in May 2006. In March 2009, Cartel Damage Claims (CDC), representing 32 customers of the chemicals

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Johannes Zöttl, Dieter Strubenhoff, The EU General Court grants access by a private antitrust plaintiff to the Commission’s files in cartel proceedings (CDC Hydrogene Peroxide), 15 December 2011, e-Competitions Bulletin Access to file, Art. N° 50122

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