THE SPANISH HIGH COURT REINFORCES THE REQUIREMENTS TO ISSUE INSPECTION ORDERS BY THE SPANISH COMPETITION AUTHORITY On 25 July 2018, the High Court (Audiencia Nacional) adopted a ruling by which it annulled a decision of the Spanish Competition Authority (Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia, CNMC) that had confirmed the validity of an investigation order adopted by the CNMC investigation body (Competition Directorate) to carry out inspections at the premises of Faurencia Automotive Exteriors España (“FAE”, a company active in the automotive industry). The Court considered that the content of the investigation order was too generic and, on such basis, clarified the elements that an investigation order must include to be considered valid and to justify a competition dawn
The Spanish High Court annuls a decision of the Competition Authority that had validated an investigation order to carry out inspections in a company in the automotive industry (Spanish Competition Authority / Faurencia Automotive)
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