Competition: European Commission cannot conduct a ‘fishing expedition’ during a dawn raid
In two recent judgments, the European General Court (the General Court) has provided insight into the vexed question of just how far a competition authority can go when it carries out a “dawn raid” of business premises during a cartel investigation. The judgments confirm that the European Commission is not entitled to go on a “fishing expedition” when conducting a dawn raid. It must limit its inspection to activities where there is a suspicion of infringement.
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