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Oral Hearings – Neither a Trial nor a State of Play Meeting

BY | March 16, 2010

Michael Albers, Karen Williams, Mar 16, 2010 Oral hearings have always been one of the more prominent features of the European Commission’s procedure in competition cases, although these proceedings are…

Michael Albers, Karen Williams, Mar 16, 2010

Oral hearings have always been one of the more prominent features of the European Commission’s procedure in competition cases, although these proceedings are predominantly written rather than oral in nature. This prominence is somewhat surprising given that hearings are merely an option for defendants,  organized only at the request of the company which the Commission alleges to be in potential violation of EU competition law.

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