On 29 April 2009, the Paris Court of Appeal dismissed for the second time the appeal of Philips and Sony against a decision of the Competition Council in 2005 condemning an agreement between the two companies and their respective distributors. In so doing, the Court of Appeal expressed its opposition to the judges of the French Supreme Court concerning the delicate matter of the admissibility of evidence obtained without the knowledge of the companies under investigation.
This is the first of a number of cases reviewed in our current EU & UK Competition Law Bulletin 2009.
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