The EU General Court curtails Commission’s powers to dawn raid companies for suspected competition law infringements (Nexans)

I. The Parties Nexans SA and its wholly-owned subsidiary Nexans France SAS – are two French companies which carry out their activities in the electric cable sector. II. The Facts The EU Commission (hereinafter “the Commission”) received information via leniency applications that electric cable suppliers, including Nexans, had taken part to a cartel. The illicit agreement consisted in bid-rigging, client attribution, as well as exchange of commercially-sensitive information relating to the supply of electric cables and other products. By Decision C (2009) 92/1, the Commission ordered Nexans and all companies directly or indirectly controlled by it – including Nexans France – to submit to an inspection in accordance with Article 20(4) of Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2003. On 28 January

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Norman Neyrinck, Eleonora Nestola, The EU General Court curtails Commission’s powers to dawn raid companies for suspected competition law infringements (Nexans), 14 November 2012, e-Competitions November 2012, Art. N° 54769

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