The Spanish National Court finds that the ANC has exceeded its powers in taking copies of company employees hard drives and breached the principle of domicile inviolability (Spanish Cosmetic Toiletry / Stanpa)

This judgment assessed the legality of the dawn raids carried out by the Spanish Competition Commission (CNC) in the professional hairdressing sector in 2008 in relation to alleged price-fixing and other anti-competitive practices. The appeal was launched before the National Court by the Spanish Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association (Stanpa) after inspections at its premises in Madrid and Barcelona on 19 June 2008. The appellant claimed that during the inspections the CNC gathered data unrelated to the hairdressing sector and therefore, exceeded the scope of the inspection order. Apparently, the CNC took copies of the hard drives of Stanpa employees which contained information on other sectors such as pharmaceuticals and

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Jaime Garcia-Nieto, The Spanish National Court finds that the ANC has exceeded its powers in taking copies of company employees hard drives and breached the principle of domicile inviolability (Spanish Cosmetic Toiletry / Stanpa), 30 September 2009, e-Competitions September 2009, Art. N° 30034

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