Current developments in European and French antitrust investigations (January – June 2018)

This article provides an update on the rules applying to antitrust investigations carried out by DGCOMP and the French competition authorities. The new rules, case law and agency initiatives in that field over the past six months are covered. At the EU level, the Alcogroup judgment of the General Court is definitely worth noting, not that much on the reasoning followed but rather because it reveals again the legal privilege difficulties systematically faced by companies targeted by successive dawn raids. The General Court also annulled part of the scope of an inspection decision in the České dráhy case, failing sufficient grounds to suspect an infringement. At the French level, a number of decisions of interest have been delivered in the 3G mobile investigation (Free, Iliad), in the egg investigation (CDPO, Matines), and concerning an inspection run by the European Commission (Casino, INCAA), which is rather unusual.

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. 1. The year 2018 opened with intense activity by the European and French competition authorities in terms of inspections: four series of inspections have already been made public by the European Commission (styrene monomer, metal packaging, sports rights, kraft paper) and three by the French Authority (road transport, cosmetics, tobacco), not to mention those not announced publicly, including those by the DGCCRF, criminal competition investigations, etc. 2. Sign of the times: the investigation services of the Competition Authority spoke publicly on the subject of criminal investigations at a seminar organised by the Revue Concurrences 13 April 2018 [1] to

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Nathalie Jalabert-Doury, Current developments in European and French antitrust investigations (January – June 2018), September 2018, Concurrences N° 3-2018, Art. N° 87327, pp. 198-204

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