The Austrian Supreme Court confirms the legality of a request for a search warrant regarding the premises of a law firm suspected of having provided support to a cartel on the market of fire service equipment (Hausdurchsuchung Feuerwehrausrüster Rosenbauer)

1. Introduction By order of 19 April 2010 in Case 16 Ok 2/10, the Austrian Supreme Court (acting as the highest appellate court in competition matters; Oberster Gerichtshof als Rekursgericht in Kartellrechtssachen) annulled the first instance decision of the Vienna Cartel Court (Oberlandesgericht Wien als Kartellgericht; order of 18 January 2010, 24 Kt 34/09-4) rejecting the Austrian competition authority’s (Bundeswettbewerbsbehörde; “BWB”) request for judicial authorisation for inspecting the premises of a law firm suspected of having supported a cartel on the Austrian-German market for fire service equipment, in particular fire engines. 2. Background Upon a request made by the German Bundeskartellamt pursuant to Article 22(1) of Regulation 1/2003 [1], the

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Hanns Peter Nehl, The Austrian Supreme Court confirms the legality of a request for a search warrant regarding the premises of a law firm suspected of having provided support to a cartel on the market of fire service equipment (Hausdurchsuchung Feuerwehrausrüster Rosenbauer), 19 April 2010, e-Competitions Bulletin Legal privilege, Art. N° 37994

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