CASE COMMENTS: PROCEDURES – FRANCE – DAWN RAIDS – PROVISIONAL CLOSED SEALS – MASSIVE AND GLOBAL SEIZURES – CONSUMER LAW

Dawn raids: The French Supreme Court confirms the validity of the use of "provisional closed seals" technique and the seizure of entire mailboxes in the context of an investigation into misleading commercial practices (Renault)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article in French, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. In a decision dated 4 March 2020, the Criminal Division of the Court of Cassation confirmed and specified the procedures for conducting [OVS visits and seizures] authorized by the liberty and detention [judge (juge des libertés et de la détention JLD]) in the context of an investigation ordered on the basis of article L. 215-18 of the former Code of Criminal Procedure. (Article L. 512-51, new Cons. C.). These solutions rendered in the context of a consumer investigation are transposable to the so-called "heavy" competition investigations ordered pursuant to Article L. 450-4 of the French Commercial Code (the two procedures, even if they are based

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  • University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • Ashurst (Paris)

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Christophe Lemaire, Anne Dos, Dawn raids: The French Supreme Court confirms the validity of the use of "provisional closed seals" technique and the seizure of entire mailboxes in the context of an investigation into misleading commercial practices (Renault), 4 March 2020, Concurrences N° 2-2020, Art. N° 94927, pp. 167-168

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