CASE COMMENTS: PROCEDURES – EUROPEAN UNION – CARTELS – INVESTIGATIONS – ATTORNEY CLIENT PRIVILEGE

Investigations: The General Court of the European Union dismisses for lack of standing an action for annulment of two decisions relating to searches and seizures conducted on the premises of a firm subject to an investigation for alleged price fixing practices (Alcogroup, Alcodis)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. In 2014, as part of an investigation into possible manipulations of the reference price for ethanol, the Commission inspected the Alcogroup's premises. For the preparation of its defence, communications between Alcogroup and its lawyers were then systematically identified by the lawyers as confidential, with the words "Legally Privileged". In 2015, as part of a parallel investigation into bioethanol pricing practices, the Commission carried out a second inspection visit to Alcogroup's premises. The company's lawyers immediately asked the Commission to respect the confidentiality of exchanges relating to their client's defence following the first

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Pascal Cardonnel, Investigations: The General Court of the European Union dismisses for lack of standing an action for annulment of two decisions relating to searches and seizures conducted on the premises of a firm subject to an investigation for alleged price fixing practices (Alcogroup, Alcodis), 10 April 2018, Concurrences N° 3-2018, Art. N° 87818, pp. 164-165

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