LEGAL PRACTICES: ANTITRUST INVESTIGATIONS – UPDATE – EU – FRANCE

Antitrust investigations update in the European Union and in France (June – December 2015)

This article provides an update on the rules applying to antitrust investigations carried out by DG COMP and French Competition Authority officials. The new rules, case law and agencies initiatives in that field over the past six months are covered. At the EU level, this article notably covers the updated Note on inspections, the FSL judgment of the Tribunal and Advocate General Wahl’s opinion in the Heidelberg case. In France, the Macron law, several court cases on IT searches and the Brenntag case are detailed.

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article in French, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. 1. A major part of the period's news concerned computer seizures, with an update of the note on European Commission inspections and an - unsuccessful - attempt to introduce the possibility of obtaining the fadettes in the context of French competition investigations. The Court of Cassation also seems to have closed for the time being the debate concerning the access of the occupier of the premises to the key words used by the investigators: they will remain closely protected in French investigations when the agents of the European Commission - them - do not make a mystery of them. 2. For the rest, the cases dealt with during this period continue

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Nathalie Jalabert-Doury, Antitrust investigations update in the European Union and in France (June – December 2015), September 2016, Concurrences Nº 3-2016, Art. N° 80051, pp. 213-217

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