The French Supreme Court rejects the admissibility of recordings of telephone communications, obtained without the knowledge of the participants, as evidence before the Competition Authority in a consumer electronics case, applying Art. 9 C. civ. proc., Art. 6.1 ECHR and the principle of fairness of evidence (Avantage / Sony / Philips)

BACKGROUND In 2005, the French Competition Authority – (hereafter the “FCA”, previously the Competition Council) fined Panasonic, Sony France and Philips France for anticompetitive vertical agreements – retail price fixing – in the distribution of consumer electronics (decision No. 05-D-66 of 5 December 2005 [1]). Tapes containing telephone recordings that had been obtained without the knowledge of the parties had been used as evidence in the proceedings before the FCA. In a decision of 19 June 2007, the Paris Court of Appeals (hereafter “the Court of Appeals”) confirmed the admissibility of such recordings and rejected the appeal lodged by Philips Franceand Sony France. However, in a decision of 3 June 2008 [2], the Commercial Chamber of the Supreme Court annulled this decision on the

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  • Juliette Goyer Avocat (Paris)
  • Novartis (Rueil-Malmaison)

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Juliette Goyer, Julien Payré, The French Supreme Court rejects the admissibility of recordings of telephone communications, obtained without the knowledge of the participants, as evidence before the Competition Authority in a consumer electronics case, applying Art. 9 C. civ. proc., Art. 6.1 ECHR and the principle of fairness of evidence (Avantage / Sony / Philips), 7 janvier 2011, e-Competitions January 2011, Art. N° 36457

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