On 8 February 2023, the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) issued a joint judgment in two cases: BMW AG v CMA and R (on the application of VW AG) v CMA, relating to the territorial scope of the CMA’s information gathering powers under Section 26 of the Competition Act 1998 (CA98). The CAT found that the CMA had acted beyond its powers in issuing Section 26 notices to the German-domiciled parent companies of both BMW and VW as part of the CMA’s Chapter I investigation into the end-of-life vehicle recycling sector. The CAT also concluded that the issuing of a failure to comply notice and the imposing of a penalty (pursuant to Section 40A CA98) in respect of foreign-domiciled companies with no presence in the UK in relation to the production of specific documents and information held by
The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal finds in favour of two automobile manufacturer’s challenges against the extraterritorial application of the competition authority’s investigatory powers (Volkswagen / BMW)
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