The EU Court of Justice hands down its ruling dismissing an appeal by a motor vehicle manufacturer against a decision of the Court of the First instance that approved the existence of anticompetitive behavior (Volkswagen)

Case C-338/00 P Volkswagen AG v Commission of the European Communities* 1. Where an appeal merely repeats or reproduces verbatim the pleas in law and arguments previously submitted to the Court of First Instance, without even including an argument specifically identifying the error of law allegedly vitiating the judgment under appeal, it fails to satisfy the requirements as to a statement of reasons under Article 58 of the Statute of the Court of Justice and Article 112(1)(c) of its Rules of Procedure. In reality, such an appeal amounts to no more than a request for re-examination of the application sub mitted to the Court of First Instance, which, under Article 56 of that Statute, falls outside the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice. (see para. 47)

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