The EU Court of Human Rights rules that dawn raids carried out at the premises of two companies by the French Department for Competition, Consumer Protection and Fraud violates both the rights of defense and the right to privacy (Vinci / GTM)

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) recently ruled that dawn raids carried out at the premises of two French construction companies by the DGCCRF (French Department for Competition, Consumer Protection and Fraud) violated both the rights of defense and the right to privacy, due to inadequate judicial review of both the decision authorizing the raids and the scope of documents seized. The ECtHR held that if, during a dawn raid, companies are unable to halt the seizure of out-of-scope or privileged documents, then they should at least have an effective judicial remedy to seek the removal of such documents from the file. Background In 2007, the DGCCRF (an investigative body of the French Ministry for the Economy) obtained a search warrant from the JLD (Juge des Libertés et de la

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Eric Morgan de Rivery, Alexandre G. Verheyden, Eric Barbier de la Serre, The EU Court of Human Rights rules that dawn raids carried out at the premises of two companies by the French Department for Competition, Consumer Protection and Fraud violates both the rights of defense and the right to privacy (Vinci / GTM), 2 April 2015, e-Competitions April 2015, Art. N° 72606

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