The EU General Court confirms the EU Commission’s decision to drop its antitrust investigation into manufacturers of ink-jet printers for alleged abuse of dominance (EFIM)

On 24 November 2011, the General Court ("GC") handed down its judgment in EFIM v. Commission. In its ruling, the GC dismissed an action by the European Federation of Ink and Ink Cartridge Manufacturers (“EFIM”) against a previous 2009 European Commission decision to drop its antitrust investigation into manufacturers of ink-jet printers. The GC ruled that the Commission was right to find that EFIM did not, on the facts, provide sufficient evidence to establish an infringement, and was right to conclude that further investigation would have been disproportionate, given the slim likelihood of finding a breach. The main features of the ruling are laid out below: On EFIM's claims concerning the Commission's alleged failure to state reasons

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Tim Kasten, The EU General Court confirms the EU Commission’s decision to drop its antitrust investigation into manufacturers of ink-jet printers for alleged abuse of dominance (EFIM), 24 November 2011, e-Competitions Bulletin November 2011, Art. N° 58924

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