On November 10, 2022, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the “CJEU”) handed down its preliminary ruling on Art. 5(1) of Directive 2014/104/EU (the “EU Damages Directive”), concerning the disclosure of evidence in antitrust litigation (the “Preliminary Ruling”). In a nutshell, the CJEU held that orders to disclose relevant evidence do not refer solely to existing documents, but also cover “documents that must be created ex novo by the party to whom the request for information is made by compiling or classifying information, knowledge or data held by it.” Below we provide some insight into the CJEU’s reasoning and the effects that the Preliminary Ruling will have on antitrust litigation in the EU. The main proceedings The defendants in the main proceedings were truck manufacturers
The EU Court of Justice rules on the extent of evidence disclosure in competition litigation (PACCAR / DAF Trucks / AD and others)
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