EU Court Adviser Urges Protection For Leniency Docs

Law360, New York (December 16, 2010, 6:35 PM EST) -- National competition authorities should not be required to give alleged cartel victims access to incriminating statements made voluntarily by companies seeking leniency, an adviser to the European Union's top court said Thursday.

In a nonbinding opinion, Advocate General Jan Mazak urged the European Court of Justice to rule that EU competition law prevents national regulators from being compelled to hand over voluntary admissions of guilt to companies harmed by a cartel.

In the underlying case referred by a German court, laminate-flooring manufacturer Pfleiderer AG sued Germany's...
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