– Territorial jurisdiction
7 November, 2023

El acceso al expediente administrativo en los expedientes de competencia de la comisión nacional de los mercados y de la competencia

Una de las prioridades de la Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y de la Competencia(CNMC) es conjugar de manera adecuada, de un lado, el conocimiento que […]
26 October, 2021

The uniform application of Competition Law in the EU: an alternative consideration to the Sumal Case (C-882/19). Eduardo Pastor Martínez, Commercial Court number 3 Valencia (Spain)

With the Sumal judgment, the CJEU has clarified the possible applications of the theory of economic unity as a standard of liability in the field of […]
18 October, 2021

Single economic unit members liability. Commentary to the Judgement of the Court of Justice (Grand Chamber) of October 06, 2021 in the Judgment in Case C-882/19 Sumal (ECLI:EU:C:2021:800) by Prof. Dr. Juan Ignacio Ruiz Peris (UVEG)

SUMMARY: 1. Undertaking, single economic unit and principle of personal responsibility. 2. Single economic unit and control. 3. Subsidiary liability. 6. Economic unit and control. 7. […]
11 October, 2021

THE THEORY OF ECONOMIC UNITY IN INFRINGEMENT OF COMPETITION. Commentary to the CJEU of 6 October 2021 (Sumal, Case C-882/19).Enrique Sanjuán y Muñoz.Senior Judge Spain Competition and Commercial issues.Part time Professor of de University of Málaga. UMA.Professor-Tutor of Microeconomics .Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED)

1. Introduction. 2. The concept of the undertaking as an autonomous European concept: the theory of the economic unit. 3. The unsanctioned subsidiary and the requirements […]
4 October, 2021

Geoblocking and discrimination on grounds of nationality in EU Law under Regulation 2018/302. Prof. Dr. Juan Ignacio Ruiz Peris (UVEG).

Geoblocking and discrimination on grounds of nationality in EU Law under Regulation 2018/302. Prof. Dr. Juan Ignacio Ruiz Peris (UVEG). Proyecto de Investigación RTI2018-098295-B-I00 «Restricción, abuso […]
27 September, 2021

NATIONAL COURTS NEED TO BE CAREFUL! DE MINIMIS STATE AIDS SHOULD NOT BE UNLAWFUL.Chair Justice Dr. David Ordóñez Solís. Magistrado, miembro de la Red de Especialistas en Derecho de la Unión Europea y secretario ejecutivo de la Comisión Iberoamericana de Ética Judicial

De minimis rule as applied to State Aid in European Union Law has evolved from the concept of incompatibility of aids with the common market, the […]
20 September, 2021

NON BIS IN EUROPEAN COMPETITION LAW.(Guidelines for conceptual unification) by Justice Dr. Enrique Sanjuán. Magistrado especialista en mercantil CGPJ. Profesor Asociado de derecho mercantil UMA.

 Abstract: The recent Opinions[1] presented by Advocate General Bobek in two cases being heard by the CJEU, motivate the need for a unification of the criteria […]
13 September, 2021

The General Court of the European Union and the right of access to documents of the institutions, bodies, agencies, or agencies of the European Union, by Mercedes Pedraz Calvo, Magistrada de la Sección 8ª de la Audiencia Nacional (Spain)

ABSTRACT In 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued, among others, two judgments on the right of access to documents of the […]
6 September, 2021

A note on the judicial estimation of the damage in actions for infringement of the rules of Competition Law when the quantification by experts attempted by the injured parties fails, by Purificación Martorell Zulueta, Magistrada de la Sección 9ª de la Audiencia Provincial de Valencia.

ABSTRACT One of the main problems faced by national courts when ruling on damages actions for infringement of European competition rules is the quantification of damages.The […]
2 August, 2021

Judgment of the Court (Third Chamber) of 25 March 2021. Case C-152/19 P. Deutsche Telekom AG v European Commission. ECLI:EU:C:2021:238. Decisive influence and absence of decisional autonomy as grounds to impute parent liability. Prof. Dr. Juan Ignacio Ruiz Peris (UVEG)

Judgment of the Court (Third Chamber) of 25 March 2021. Case C-152/19 P. Deutsche Telekom AG v European Commission. ECLI:EU:C:2021:238. Prof. Dr. Juan Ignacio Ruiz Peris […]
26 July, 2021

Judgment of the Court (Second Chamber) of 27 January 2021, in Case C-595/18 P, The Goldman Sachs. Undertaking and single economic doctrine of the European Court of Justice in sanction or damages liability cases, for infraction of the articles 101 and 102 TFEU. Prof. Dr. Juan Ignacio Ruiz Peris (UVEG)

SUMMARY: 1. About the single economic unit doctrine. 2. Uses of the single economic unit doctrine in European competition law. 3 3. Same concept of undertaking […]
19 July, 2021

An European System for follow-on litigation: Commentary on C-30/20, 1st CJEU, 15 July 2021. Eduardo Pastor Martínez, Commercial Judge nº 3 Valencia (Spain)

Abstract (English) On 15th July 2021, the Court of Justice (CJEU) published a new ruling answering a question referred for a question hold by the Commercial […]
12 July, 2021

Proposition of Notice dealing with cooperation between Commission and national courts on State Aids subjects by Prof. Dr. Juan Ignacio Ruiz Peris, Mrs. Justice Mercedes Pedraz Calvo and Mrs. Justice Purificación Martorell Zulueta (UVEG’s State Aids Group).

At the end of 2020, the Commission has submitted to public consultation a proposal of Commission Notice on enforcement of State aid rules by national courts, […]
5 July, 2021

Cartel, information exchange and private damage claims. ENRIQUE SANJUAN. Court of Appeals of Málaga. (Spain)

In Spain, the control and protection of competition´ infringements is divided into two different jurisdictions: on the one hand, the control of the agencies’ decisions is […]
28 June, 2021

Procedural issues and the jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice. Some comments on the Judgement Silver Plastics. MERCEDES PEDRAZ CALVO. National High Court (Spain)

Abstract: Procedural issues, so relevant in all legal disputes, are making their way more frequently and relevantly in the case law of the Court of Justice […]
24 March, 2021

Some remarks on the statute of limitations of private damages actions following the Commission Decision 19th July 2019 on the trucks cartel. PURIFICACIÓN MARTORELL Appellation Court of Valencia (Spain)

ABTRACT: The truck manufacturers’ cartel has had a significant impact on the development of the private application of competition law in Spain, with multiple legal proceedings […]
11 October, 2021

Judgement of the Court of Justice (Grand Chamber) of October  06, 2021 in the Judgment in Case C-882/19 Sumal (ECLI:EU:C:2021:800). The victim of an infringement of EU competition law committed by a parent company may seek compensation from that company’s subsidiary for the resulting loss. To do so, it must prove that the two companies constituted an economic unit at the time of the infringement. The determination of the entity which is required to provide compensation for damage caused by an infringement of Article 101 TFEU is directly governed by EU law. The right for any person to seek compensation for a harm strengthens the working of the EU competition rules, since it discourages agreements or practices, frequently covert, which are liable to restrict or distort competition, by contributing to the maintenance of effective competition in the European Union. Actions for damages for infringement of EU Competition rules (private enforcement) are an integral part of the system for enforcement of those rules, which are intended to punish anticompetitive behaviour on the part of undertakings and to deter them from engaging in such conduct. The concept of ‘undertaking’, within the meaning of Article 101 TFEU, which constitutes an autonomous concept of EU law, cannot have a different scope with regard to the imposition of fines by the Commission under Article 23(2) of Regulation No 1/2003 as compared to actions for damages for infringement of EU competition rules (Confirming Skanska). All the members of an economic unit at the moment of the infringement of EU Competition law – attending the economic activity in question – are liable for infraction. A legal entity which is not designated in the decision as having committed the infringement of competition law may nevertheless be held liable on that basis due to conduct amounting to an infringement committed by another legal entity, where those two entities both form part of the same economic unit and thus constitute an undertaking which is the perpetrator of the infringement. The economic unit of which it is constituted must be identified having regard to the subject matter of the agreement at issue. The aggravating factor of repeated infringement may be applied to a parent company for previous infringement of the subsidiary constituting a single economic unit with the parent company in the second infraction. There is nothing to prevent, in principle, a victim of an anticompetitive practice from bringing an action for damages against one of the legal entities which make up an economic unit and thus the undertaking which, by infringing Article 101(1) TFEU, caused the harm suffered by that victim. The liability of the subsidiary for conducts of the parent company in case of the existence of a relevant economic unit cannot however be invoked unless victim proves the links uniting both companies as well as the specific link between the economic activity of that subsidiary company and the subject matter of the infringement for which the parent company has been held responsible. The victim should in principle establish that the anticompetitive agreement concluded by the parent company, for which it has been punished, concerns the same products as those marketed by the subsidiary. The principle of personal responsibility does not preclude the possibility that a finding of such an infringement in the Decision should be definitive with regard to a subsidiary company since it is for the economic unit which constitutes the undertaking that has committed the infringement to answer for it. Inapplicability of the administrative procedural guaranties for the defendant in an infringement proceeding to the defendant in a damage compensation proceeding before a national court. The possibility, for the national court concerned, of making a finding of the subsidiary’s liability for the harm caused is not precluded merely because the Commission has not adopted any decision or that the decision in which it found that there was an infringement did not impose an administrative penalty on that company. If the referring court considered that it was not possible for it to uphold an interpretation of Article 71(2) of the Law on the protection of competition that was consistent with the interpretation of Article 101(1) TFEU set out in paragraph 67 of this judgment, it would be required to disregard that national provision and to apply directly Article 101(1) TFEU to the dispute in the main proceedings.(JIRP)

Mercedes Benz Trucks España is a subsidiary company in the Daimler group, the parent company of which is Daimler. Between 1997 and 1999, Sumal acquired two […]
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