The Akzo ruling of the Court of Justice and the Private Enforcement of European Union Competition Law: Two Steps Back, One Step Forward

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Abstract

Questions the European Court of Justice's contribution to the legal certainty of private competition enforcement in Akzo Nobel Chemicals Ltd v European Commission (C-550/07 P), on whether in-house lawyers were excluded from legal professional privilege in the context of Commission investigations, regardless of possible non-exclusion under national competition law. Reviews previous case law and European Ombudsman commentary on, or with implications for, access to evidence for private enforcement purposes. Welcomes the court's affirmation of the Commission's legislative competence in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-141
JournalGlobal Competition Litigation Review
Volume3
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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