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Competition law: EU cases

Subjects: Law

Do you know what it is you seek?

Competition disputes within the EU may be heard by either the EU Commission – Competition Directorate-General (DG Competition) - and/or by a court.

It is important to know whether you are looking for a DG Competition decision or for a court judgment, and if the latter, to be aware that there is more than one court with jurisdiction.

Cases before DG Competition may result in a Commission decision, which will be published in the L series of the Official Journal.  Commission decisions may be subsequently challenged in court. 

The courts which hear competition cases are the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and the General Court (formerly the Court of First Instance).

EU Law reports

Printed law report series

All England Law Reports European Cases (All ER (EC)) 1995-
Common Market Law Reports (CMLR) 1962- This series gathers Antitrust cases together previously as a supplement now as a volume
Reports of cases before the Court of Justice and Court of First Instance of the European Union (ECR)

Finding aides

Butterworth’s EC Case Citator (last ed. 2002)

Current Law Case Citator

Digest : annotated British, Commonwealth and European cases

Index A – Z Numerical and Alphabetical Index of Cases before the Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance of the European Communities  

Références des notes de doctrine aux arrêts de la Cour de justice et du Tribunal de première instance des Communautés européennes

Notifications and Decisions

Notifications of Commission competition investigations are published in the C series of the Official Journal and decisions are published in the L series of the Official Journal (see above under ‘EU Legislation’).  It is DG Competition’s policy to publish all public information relating to competition cases on its website.  Selected notifications and decisions are also published in The Common Market Law Reports Antitrust Reports.

There may also be press releases, freely available from the EU Press Room.     In addition to full text searching, searches by broad topic category (eg: competition), date range and key word are available.

Electronic resources