EU Watchdog Can Make Copies Of Raid Data, Top Court Rules

Law360, London (July 16, 2020, 7:09 PM BST) -- The European Union's competition watchdog had the authority to make copies of data it seized during a dawn raid and search through it later off-premises, the European Court of Justice ruled Thursday.

The decision by the top court rejected several arguments made by Nexans SA, a giant in the cable and optical fiber industry, challenging the way the European Commission carried out the raid and seeking a reduction in the €70.67 million ($80.64 million) fine it was ordered to pay for its participation in a cartel in the high-voltage underground and submarine power cables sector.

Affirming a 2018 decision by the...

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