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Spain: Supreme Court backs authority of Spanish Competition Commission

 |  November 7, 2012

The Supreme Court has ruled the Spanish Competition Commission (CNC) did not infringe on the constitutional rights of a cosmetic company when it seized entire hard disks from the company’s files during an investigation, a ruling that experts say reinforces the CNC’s authority. The CNC had been investigating STANPA, the national association of manufacturers of cosmetic and perfumery products, and in doing so obtained and copied several hard disks of some STANPA employees. The National Appeal Court had ruled that the document raid had violated STANPA’s constitutional rights as the CNC had carried out the acts without prior notice to STANPA, and ordered the CNC to return any materials obtained that did not contain information pertaining to the case. The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the CNC, however.

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