The EU General Court prevents EU Commission from sharing confidential information with English court in follow-on damages action (National Grid)

On 29 November 2012, the President of the General Court, Judge Marc Jaeger, handed down an interim order suspending the Commission's decision to share with an English court, currently reviewing a damage claim, confidential information that the Commission had received in the course of its switchgear cartel investigation. In January 2007, the Commission had fined eleven companies, including Mitsubishi, Toshiba, Alstom, Areva and Siemens, a total of € 750 million for having participated in a cartel between 1998 and 2004 on the gas insulated switchgear market. Following the Commission decision, several companies brought damage claims against the members of the cartel before national courts. National Grid Electricty plc ("National Grid"), in particular, launched proceedings before the High

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Martin Favart, The EU General Court prevents EU Commission from sharing confidential information with English court in follow-on damages action (National Grid), 29 November 2012, e-Competitions Bulletin November 2012, Art. N° 58221

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