German Court Preserves Cover For Cartel Cos. Seeking Leniency

Law360, New York (August 30, 2012, 6:44 PM EDT) -- A German appeals court recently ruled that would-be antitrust plaintiffs can't access leniency documents that alleged cartel members lodge with the country's competition watchdog, a decision that offers companies the certainty of confidentiality in Germany despite a European Union court decision that opened the door to disclosure.

The Dusseldorf Higher Regional Court decided Aug. 22 that several retailers that had bought products from a coffee roaster cartel could not get the leniency applications and supporting documents that the companies had provided to the German Federal Cartel...
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