The EU Court of Justice rules that the principle of effective judicial protection does not preclude the Commission from bringing actions for damages before a national court (Europese Gemeenschap / Otis)

The Commission’s double role in competition law enforcement: the Otis case* On November 6th, the Grand Chamber of the CJEU issued a ruling in Case C-199/11 (Europese Gemeenschap v Otis NV and Others). The case concerns the principle of effective judicial protection (laid down in Article 47 of EUCFR) and the private enforcement of competition law. The Brussels Commercial Court referred the issue for a preliminary ruling in the course of a dispute between Otis and the other businesses and the EU, represented by the Commission. The main controversy in the case was whether the principle of effective judicial protection was adequately safeguarded. The Commission, in this case, played a double role: first as the public enforcer of the EU competition law, and second as the victim of the

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Magdalena Jozwiak, The EU Court of Justice rules that the principle of effective judicial protection does not preclude the Commission from bringing actions for damages before a national court (Europese Gemeenschap / Otis), 6 novembre 2012, e-Competitions Due Process Research Program, Art. N° 58759

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