European Commission dawn raids: EU General Court reins in ‘fishing expeditions’

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On 14 November, the EU General Court ruled in related cases T-135/09 and T-140/09 that the European Commission had been too broad when setting out its mandate for the carrying out of dawn raids at the offices of companies in France and Italy. The Court viewed that the Commission was illegally “fishing” for evidence of possible further anti-competitive activity. In essence, this means that the Commission must confine itself to a specific, targeted sub category when authorising dawn raids.

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