The EU General Court orders the European Union to pay damages for excessively long court proceedings for the first time (Industrial bags cartel)

On 10 January 2017, the General Court (“GC”) issued a judgment in which it ordered the European Union to pay Gascogne and Gascogne Sack Deutschland (“Gascogne”) a total of about € 57,000 in damages for the excessive duration of previous proceedings before the GC in connection with the Industrial Bags cartel case. In 2006, Gascogne lodged an appeal before the GC seeking the annulment of a decision adopted by the European Commission in relation to the Industrial Bags cartel case. The GC delivered its judgment in November 2011 (see VBB on Competition Law, Volume 2011, No. 11) and, on further appeal, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) in November 2013 (see VBB on Competition Law, Volume 2013, No. 11). While both the GC and, ultimately, the ECJ dismissed the action

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Andrzej Kmiecik, The EU General Court orders the European Union to pay damages for excessively long court proceedings for the first time (Industrial bags cartel), 10 January 2017, e-Competitions Bulletin January 2017, Art. N° 83532

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