The EU Court of Justice issues a preliminary ruling on disclosure of leniency documents to third parties heightening concerns about encouraging private enforcement (Pfleiderer)

ECJ Ruling in Pfleiderer Heightens Concerns about Encouraging Private Enforcement* The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that EU Law does not prohibit access to leniency documents by third parties seeking damages. Access should be determined according to national law, which must weigh the interests arguing in favour and against a disclosure of documents received under leniency. The possibility of such access being granted is a further way in which private enforcement could undermine public enforcement, raising the question of whether competition authorities are shooting themselves in the foot by encouraging such actions. The Case On 14 June 2011, the ECJ passed down its judgement in Pfleiderer AG v Bundeskartellamt (C-360/09) on a reference made under Article 234 EC from

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Andreas Stephan, The EU Court of Justice issues a preliminary ruling on disclosure of leniency documents to third parties heightening concerns about encouraging private enforcement (Pfleiderer), 14 June 2011, e-Competitions June 2011, Art. N° 47325

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