*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Due to the density of this commentary, its pdf version is available HERE. In an order dated April 3, 2019, the Paris liberty and custody judge authorized a home visit and seizure of documents at the premises of Cofepp, Marie Brizard Wine § Spirits (MBWS), Copagef and Castel Frères. This authorization was based, on the one hand, on a presumption of an anticipated takeover of MBWS by Cofepp before the prior authorization of the Competition Authority, and, on the other hand, on presumptions of a cartel between Cofepp and MBWS to share the rum and whisky markets through the exchange of sensitive information, and of a cartel on the prices of wine-based flavored
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