ARTICLES : COMPETITION LAW - GENERAL COURT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION – BRIEF DRAFTING TECHNIQUES - LEGAL WRITING

Strategic and efficient brief writing before the General Court of the European Union : Practical suggestions regarding the application and the reply in competition law cases

Given the complexity of litigating EU competition law cases and the considerable financial stakes involved, it is surprising to find almost no legal literature discussing efficient brief drafting techniques in direct actions brought before the General Court of the European Union in this field. This contrasts with the plethora of doctrine and court guidelines addressing the art or science of legal writing before the Federal and State Appellate or Supreme Courts in the United States. This article seeks to bridge that gap by making some practical suggestions regarding the submission of the application and the reply in annulment actions brought before the General Court against Commission decisions in the sphere of EU competition law. In four sections respectively entitled “drafting suggestions”, “structuring suggestions”, “substantive suggestions” and “procedural suggestions”, this article will provide tips concerning drafting techniques, the structuring of the application and the reply, the main substantive rules and principles that applicants should bear in mind when drafting their pleadings and the main procedural tools available to enhance the chances of obtaining the annulment of the contested decision.

1. As observed by an experienced American litigator, [1] it is more than likely that, when reviewing a brief, “the last thing that any judge wants is fifty or more pages of disorganized, repetitive, vituperative and unsupported argument”. There is every reason to believe that this assertion also applies on the other side of the Atlantic to briefs lodged before the General Court of the European Union (hereinafter “General Court”). 2. Given the complexity of litigating EU competition law cases and the considerable financial stakes involved, [2] it is surprising that almost no legal literature discusses strategic and efficient brief drafting techniques in the actions brought before the General Court. This contrasts with the plethora of doctrine and court guidelines addressing the art or

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Auteurs

  • European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)
  • Bureau Brandeis (Paris)

Citation

Pascale Hecker, Marc Barennes, Strategic and efficient brief writing before the General Court of the European Union : Practical suggestions regarding the application and the reply in competition law cases, décembre 2012, Concurrences N° 4-2012, Art. N° 49320, www.concurrences.com

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