The EU Court of Justice quashes the General Court judgment for failing to correctly apply the notion of restriction by object (Cartes Bancaires)

Introduction On 11 September 2014, the Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered its judgment in the Cartes Bancaires case [1]. The ECJ quashed the General Court (GC) judgment for failing to correctly apply the notion of restriction by object. The Cartes Bancaires contains two key messages: first, the notion of restriction by object under Article 101 TFUE must be interpreted narrowly; second, the GC must conduct an in-depth review of Commission decision and cannot simply endorse its conclusions without making its own assessment. The facts of Cartes Bancaires The appellant, Groupement des cartes bancaires, was an economic interest grouping created by the main French banking institutions to achieve interoperability of systems for payment and withdrawal by bank cards issued by its members. The

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James Killick, Jérémie Jourdan, The EU Court of Justice quashes the General Court judgment for failing to correctly apply the notion of restriction by object (Cartes Bancaires), 11 September 2014, e-Competitions Bulletin September 2014, Art. N° 70812

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