The Spanish Competition Authority enhances the procedural rights of the defendants in national antitrust procedures (Banco Santander / Cheques comida)

On March 15th, 2007 the Tribunal de Defensa de la Competencia (TDC, highest branch of the Spanish antitrust authority) has concluded that defendants in national antitrust procedures are entitled to receive the essential content of all complaints lodged against them as soon as they are requested to provide any information on the case. The origin of this case goes back to a complaint lodged before the Servicio de Defensa de la Competencia (SDC, lowest branch of the Spanish antitrust authority, it has a special responsibility on instructing cases), on 30 June 2006, by the Licensed Victuallers Association of the Madrid Region. The Association claimed that the Banco de Santander, together with some other banking companies, had infringed Articles 1 and 6 of the Spanish Competition Act [1]

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Aitor Montesa Lloreda, Angel Givaja Sanz, The Spanish Competition Authority enhances the procedural rights of the defendants in national antitrust procedures (Banco Santander / Cheques comida), 15 March 2007, e-Competitions Bulletin March 2007, Art. N° 13727

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