CASE COMMENTS: PROCEDURES - ABUSE OF DOMINANT POSITION – NE BIS IN IDEM – INSPECTION DECISION

Inspection : The General Court of the European Union validates a Commission inspection decision adopted following the closing of national proceedings brought against the same company over similar alleged infringements (Orange)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. In the summer of 2013, the Commission carried out an inspection visit to Orange's premises in France. This visit covered 4 sites, 18 offices and lasted 4 days, during which 11 computers, 5 smartphones, heard a witness, copied several hard disks and analysed 34 e-mails. For a cartel, such an operation could be considered commonplace. However, this is not how Orange perceived it. The inspection was prompted by suspicions of abuse of dominance which had, a few months earlier, led the Commission to request information from the company. Above all, those same suspicions had been dismissed by the French competition authority which, in the final analysis, had

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Pascal Cardonnel, Inspection : The General Court of the European Union validates a Commission inspection decision adopted following the closing of national proceedings brought against the same company over similar alleged infringements (Orange), 25 November 2014, Concurrences N° 1-2015, Art. N° 71382, pp. 171-173

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