The Brussels Court of Appeal clarifies the obligation of the Competition Authority to provide statement of reasons regarding documents seized during dawn raids (Distripaints / Novelta)

On 13 December 2017, the Brussels Court of Appeal (the “Court”) held that documents seized by the Belgian Competition Authority (“BCA”) during an inspection had been legally included in the scope of the investigation as the BCA had provided a satisfactory statement of reasons following a court-mandated verification procedure. In June 2011, the BCA inspected the premises of NV Distripaints and NV Novelta (the “Claimants”) in the context of an antitrust investigation regarding an alleged abuse of dominance and cartel behaviour. As the Claimants disputed the relevance of some documents seized by the BCA, the documents concerned were put in a sealed envelope for later consideration. Two years later, the BCA lifted the seal and decided that a number of documents were within the scope of the

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Martin Favart, The Brussels Court of Appeal clarifies the obligation of the Competition Authority to provide statement of reasons regarding documents seized during dawn raids (Distripaints / Novelta), 13 December 2017, e-Competitions Bulletin December 2017, Art. N° 86215

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