Sanofi Illegally Blocked Inspectors During Raid: EC

Law360, New York (June 2, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The European Commission kicked off a formal investigation on Monday into whether French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi-Aventis SA illegally blocked inspectors during an unannounced raid that was part of a sectorwide inquiry.

Commission inspectors and French competition authorities visited the Sanofi-Aventis headquarters in France between Jan. 15 and Jan. 18 as part of a series of unannounced searches the EC carried out when it launched its competition inquiry into the pharmaceutical industry.

Sanofi-Aventis refused to let EC inspectors examine and copy documents related to its probe into...
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