CASE COMMENTS: CARTELS – EUROPEAN UNION – RIGHT TO BE HEARD IN CAMERA – FORMER PARENT COMPANY

Influence: The Court of Justice of the European Union rules that the right to be heard in camera cannot be exercised if it jeopardizes the rights of defence of a third party, and that the allegation that a former parent company did continue to exercise a decisive influence on its former subsidiary is insufficient to reverse the capitalistic presumption that triggers the parental liability (SKW Sthal Metallurgie et SKW Sthal Metallurgie Holding)

Le 16 juin 2016, la Cour de justice de l’UE a rendu deux arrêts dans l’affaire du cartel des réactifs à base de carbure de calcium et de magnésium. Le premier arrêt, commenté supra, porte sur les conséquences du non-respect par une filiale des instructions expresses données par la société mère de ne pas participer à des pratiques anticoncurrentielles, sur l’imputabilité à celle-ci de l’infraction et le second arrêt (aff. C-154/14, SKW Sthal Metallurgie et SKW Sthal Metallurgie Holding c/ Commission, ECLI:EU:C:2016:445), sur lequel nous nous concentrerons, traite de la question de savoir si les requérantes disposaient d’un droit d’être entendues à huis clos et du renversement de la présomption capitalistique. La Commission avait constaté que la société Degussa était tenue responsable pour la première période

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Michel Debroux, Influence: The Court of Justice of the European Union rules that the right to be heard in camera cannot be exercised if it jeopardizes the rights of defence of a third party, and that the allegation that a former parent company did continue to exercise a decisive influence on its former subsidiary is insufficient to reverse the capitalistic presumption that triggers the parental liability (SKW Sthal Metallurgie et SKW Sthal Metallurgie Holding), 1 September 2016, Concurrences Review Nº 3-2016, Art. N° 80803, pp. 58-59

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