The EU Court of Human Rights confirms that the Italian antitrust fining regime is compatible with human rights (Menarini)

On 27 September 2011 the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR or the Court) ruled the Italian system of antitrust sanctions to be compliant with the law of fundamental rights. Specifically, the ECHR deemed the Italian system, consisting of a decision by the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) and first and second instance appeals to the administrative courts, to grant companies a right of access to a court with full jurisdiction and able to carry out a complete judicial review of the administrative decision, in compliance with Article 6(1) of the European Convention on Human Rights (ie right to a fair trial). The case in the Italian courts In 2003, the Italian pharmaceuticals company Menarini Diagnostics (Menarini) was fined €6m by the ICA for anti competitive activities on

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Filippo Fioretti, The EU Court of Human Rights confirms that the Italian antitrust fining regime is compatible with human rights (Menarini), 27 September 2011, e-Competitions Due Process Research Program, Art. N° 77283

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