The EU General Court partially annuls the Commission inspection decisions ordering several French undertakings active in the distribution sector to submit to dawn-raid inspections (Casino, Guichard-Perrachon / Achats Marchandises Casino) (Intermarché Casino Achats) (Les Mousquetaires / ITM Entreprises)

In October 2020, the General Court of the European Union (GC) issued an important decision in the joined Casino cases which promises to ensure that competition investigations will be more robust and afford greater protection to companies‘ rights. Both the European Commission (EC) and companies can take much from the judgment in terms of strenthening their procedures and dawn raid processes. [T-249/17 ; T-254/17; T-255/17.] The GC partially annulled the EC inspection decisions adopted back in February 2017 ordering a number of French undertakings active in the distribution sector to submit to dawn-raid inspections. On the basis of these decisions, the Commission carried out dawn raids at the companies’ premises and copied the data stored in the computer equipment located therein, aiming

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Lucia Antonazzi, Federico Marini Balestra, The EU General Court partially annuls the Commission inspection decisions ordering several French undertakings active in the distribution sector to submit to dawn-raid inspections (Casino, Guichard-Perrachon / Achats Marchandises Casino) (Intermarché Casino Achats) (Les Mousquetaires / ITM Entreprises), 5 October 2020, e-Competitions Exchange of information in associations of undertakings, Art. N° 98401

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