CASE COMMENTS: CARTEL – FRANCE – ONLINE DISTRIBUTION OF LIFE INSURANCE CONTRACTS – FAILURE TO INVESTIGATE

Limitation statute: The French Competition Authority has no choice but to declare a complaint inadmissible on the ground of statute of limitation, due to the failure of its investigating services to carry out the additional investigations it had requested (Placement Direct, SDC Investissement)

La stricte séparation des fonctions de poursuite et de jugement au sein de l’Autorité de la concurrence est un principe acquis depuis l’arrêt Campenon Bernard du 5 octobre 1999 de la Cour de cassation, et nul ne songe aujourd’hui à contester ce principe. Pourtant, la peu glorieuse décision d’irrecevabilité que l’Autorité a été contrainte d’adopter, près de dix ans après la saisine, en raison de l’inertie (volontaire ?) des services d’instruction qui ont laissé s’écouler le délai de prescription, en montre les limites. En raison de l’inertie (volontaire ?) des services d’instruction après deux décisions de renvoi, l’Autorité est

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Michel Debroux, Limitation statute: The French Competition Authority has no choice but to declare a complaint inadmissible on the ground of statute of limitation, due to the failure of its investigating services to carry out the additional investigations it had requested (Placement Direct, SDC Investissement), 20 October 2016, Concurrences Review N° 1-2017, Art. N° 83439, p. 98

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