Judgment of the Court of First Instance (Fourth Chamber, extended composition) of 11 July 2007.

Schneider Electric SA v Commission of the European Communities.

Non-contractual liability of the Community - Loss sustained by an undertaking owing to a sufficiently serious infringement of Community law vitiating the procedure for examining the compatibility of a concentration with the common market.

Case T-351/03.



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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
25/08/2007 Schneider Electric v Commission
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Judgment
ECLI:EU:T:2007:212
11/07/2007 Schneider Electric v Commission
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Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:T:2007:212
11/07/2007 Schneider Electric v Commission
Application (OJ)
10/01/2004 Schneider Electric v Commission
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Top of the page Legal analysis of the decision or of the case

Reports of Cases

2007 II-02237

Subject-matter

Action for damages seeking compensation for the loss allegedly suffered by the applicant as a result of the Commission's conduct in the evaluation of the concentration seeking Legrand's acquisition by Schneider Electric (Case No COMP/M.2283 ─ Schneider/Legrand)

Systematic classification scheme

1.
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-19 Legal proceedings
    B-19.08 Procedural rules
      B-19.08.01 Admissibility and examination of applications, forms of order sought and pleas in law
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-19 Legal proceedings
    B-19.05 Actions for damages
      B-19.05.02 Rules governing the non-contractual liability of the Community
        B-19.05.02.00 General
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-19 Legal proceedings
    B-19.05 Actions for damages
      B-19.05.02 Rules governing the non-contractual liability of the Community
        B-19.05.02.00 General
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-19 Legal proceedings
    B-19.05 Actions for damages
      B-19.05.02 Rules governing the non-contractual liability of the Community
        B-19.05.02.00 General
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-19 Legal proceedings
    B-19.05 Actions for damages
      B-19.05.02 Rules governing the non-contractual liability of the Community
        B-19.05.02.01 Basis of liability
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-07 Competition
    B-07.05 Concentrations between undertakings
      B-07.05.04 Examination by the Commission
        B-07.05.04.02 Proceedings
A The Community legal order
  A-01 Sources of Community law
    A-01.02 General principles of law
      A-01.02.06 Rights of the defence and procedural guarantees
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-07 Competition
    B-07.05 Concentrations between undertakings
      B-07.05.04 Examination by the Commission
        B-07.05.04.02 Proceedings
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-07 Competition
    B-07.05 Concentrations between undertakings
      B-07.05.04 Examination by the Commission
        B-07.05.04.04 Decision of the Commission
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-07 Competition
    B-07.05 Concentrations between undertakings
      B-07.05.03 Assessment of compatibility with the common market
        B-07.05.03.02 Assessment criteria
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-07 Competition
    B-07.05 Concentrations between undertakings
      B-07.05.04 Examination by the Commission
        B-07.05.04.02 Proceedings
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-07 Competition
    B-07.05 Concentrations between undertakings
      B-07.05.04 Examination by the Commission
        B-07.05.04.02 Proceedings
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-19 Legal proceedings
    B-19.05 Actions for damages
      B-19.05.02 Rules governing the non-contractual liability of the Community
        B-19.05.02.00 General
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-07 Competition
    B-07.05 Concentrations between undertakings
      B-07.05.04 Examination by the Commission
        B-07.05.04.03 Commission discretion
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-19 Legal proceedings
    B-19.05 Actions for damages
      B-19.05.02 Rules governing the non-contractual liability of the Community
        B-19.05.02.02 Damage for which compensation is payable
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-19 Legal proceedings
    B-19.05 Actions for damages
      B-19.05.02 Rules governing the non-contractual liability of the Community
        B-19.05.02.02 Damage for which compensation is payable
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-19 Legal proceedings
    B-19.05 Actions for damages
      B-19.05.02 Rules governing the non-contractual liability of the Community
        B-19.05.02.02 Damage for which compensation is payable
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-19 Legal proceedings
    B-19.05 Actions for damages
      B-19.05.02 Rules governing the non-contractual liability of the Community
        B-19.05.02.02 Damage for which compensation is payable


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 230 : paragraph 184
  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 233 : paragraph 270
  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 288 : paragraphs 113, 340
  • EU Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 6 : paragraph 181
  • Treaty of Nice 2001 - Protocol on the Statute of the Court of Justice -A21L1 : paragraph 92
  • Treaty of Nice 2001 - Protocol on the Statute of the Court of Justice -A53L1 : paragraph 92
  • Regulation 4064/89 -A02P3 : paragraphs 1, 135, 233, 235, 250, 330
  • Regulation 4064/89 -A03P1LB : paragraphs 2, 329
  • Regulation 4064/89 -A06P1LB : paragraph 3
  • Regulation 4064/89 -A06P1LC : paragraphs 4, 235, 249
  • Regulation 4064/89 -A07 : paragraphs 289, 328
  • Regulation 4064/89 -A07P1 : paragraphs 11, 13
  • Regulation 4064/89 -A07P3 : paragraphs 12, 13
  • Regulation 4064/89 -A08P2 : paragraph 6
  • Regulation 4064/89 -A08P3 : paragraphs 6, 184, 235, 250
  • Regulation 4064/89 -A08P4 : paragraphs 8, 184, 198, 199
  • Regulation 4064/89 -A10P1 : paragraphs 5, 276
  • Regulation 4064/89 -A10P3 : paragraphs 7, 276
  • Regulation 4064/89 -A10P5 : paragraph 10
  • Regulation 4064/89 -A10P6 : paragraph 9
  • Regulation 4064/89 -A18P1 : paragraphs 14, 145, 152
  • Regulation 4064/89 -A18P3 : paragraphs 15, 146, 152
  • General Court - Rules of Procedure (1991) -A44P1LC : paragraph 92
  • General Court - Rules of Procedure (1991) -A65LD : paragraph 324
  • General Court - Rules of Procedure (1991) -A66P1 : paragraph 324
  • General Court - Rules of Procedure (1991) -A70 : paragraph 324
  • Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (2000) -A47 : paragraph 181
  • Decision 2004/275 : paragraphs 126, 134, 135, 139, 304 - 306, 308
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -24/66 : paragraph 118
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -17/74 : paragraph 147
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -64/76 : paragraphs 119, 340
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -26/81 : paragraph 113
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -145/83 : paragraph 332
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -308/87 : paragraphs 118, 342
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -104/89 : paragraphs 343, 346
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -269/90 : paragraph 149
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -146/91 : paragraph 120
  • General Court - Judgment T -87/96 : paragraph 147
  • General Court - Judgment T -260/97 : paragraphs 342, 343
  • General Court - Judgment T -178/98 : paragraph 119
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -257/98 : paragraph 120
  • General Court - Judgment T -219/99 : paragraph 132
  • General Court - Judgment T -170/00 : paragraph 120
  • General Court - Judgment T -210/00 : paragraph 94
  • General Court - Judgment T -383/00 : paragraph 113
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -472/00 : paragraph 119
  • General Court - Judgment T -210/01 : paragraph 275
  • General Court - Judgment T -310/01 : paragraphs 95, 126, 134 - 137, 139, 152, 159, 230 - 233, 236, 248, 268 - 273, 295, 298, 302, 305, 307, 335
  • General Court - Order T -310/01 : paragraph 297
  • General Court - Judgment T -77/02 : paragraphs 95, 300, 302, 335
  • General Court - Order T -77/02 : paragraphs 205, 297
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -94/02 : paragraph 94
  • General Court - Judgment T -309/03 : paragraph 182
  • General Court - Order T -48/03 : paragraphs 95, 240, 297
  • General Court - Order T -294/04 : paragraph 93
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -95/04 : paragraph 132
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -282/05 : paragraphs 115 - 117
  • Court of Justice - Order C -188/06 : paragraphs 230, 240, 248, 297

Operative part

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Opinion

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Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 10/10/2003

Date of the Opinion

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Date of the hearing

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Date of delivery

11/07/2007


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Application: OJ C 7 from 10.01.2004, p.37

Judgment: OJ C 199 from 25.08.2007, p.29

Name of the parties

Schneider Electric v Commission

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Steinle, Christian ; Schwartz, Simone: Schadensersatz wegen Fehlern im Fusionskontrollverfahren: das Urteil Schneider III, Betriebs-Berater 2007 p.1741-1744 (DE)
  2. Berg, Werner: Teure Fehler? Das EuG verurteilt die Europäische Kommission zu Schadensersatz wegen rechtswidriger Untersagung des Schneider/Legrand-Zusammenschlusses, Europäisches Wirtschafts- & Steuerrecht - EWS 2007 p.I (DE)
  3. Arhel, Pierre: Activité des juridictions communautaires en droit de la concurrence (juin-août 2007), Petites affiches. La Loi / Le Quotidien juridique 2007 nº 222 p.6-8 (FR)
  4. Cot, Jean-Mathieu: La Commission engage sa responsabilité non-contractuelle du fait d'une violation caractérisée du droit communautaire lors de l'examen d'une concentration, Concurrences : revue des droits de la concurrence 2007 nº 4 p.94-96 (FR)
  5. Do, T.U.: La jurisprudence de la Cour de justice et du Tribunal de première instance. Chronique des arrêts. Arrêt "Schneider III", Revue du droit de l'Union européenne 2007 nº 3 p.747-751 (FR)
  6. X: Responsabilità extracontrattuale della CE, Giurisprudenza italiana 2007 p.2607-2610 (IT)
  7. Van Dam, C.C.: Aansprakelijkheid van de Europese Commissie en de NMa voor falend toezicht op fusies en overnames, Nederlands tijdschrift voor Europees recht 2007 p.272-283 (NL)
  8. Pesce, Celeste: Il potere discrezionale della Commissione e i diritti delle parti nel procedimento di controllo delle concentrazioni, Diritto pubblico comparato ed europeo 2007 p.1912-1917 (IT)
  9. Kostopoulos, K.: Evropaion Politeia 2007 p.1032-1033 (EL)
  10. Pizzanelli, Giovanna: Tutela della concorrenza e garanzia del giusto procedimento: il ruolo della Commissione come autorità antitrust e l'apertura del giudice comunitario alla responsabilità delle Istituzioni comunitarie ed alla risarcibilità del danno per cattivo uso di potere. Il caso Schneider, Rivista italiana di diritto pubblico comunitario 2007 p.1419-1443 (IT)
  11. Mariano Pego, José Paulo Fernandes: Considerações acerca da sentença do TPI no processo Schneider Electric / Comissão (T-351/03), Temas de integração 2007 n°23 p.151-171 (PT)
  12. Donnat, Francis: Chronique annuelle 2007 de jurisprudence communautaire, Revue juridique de l'Economie publique 2008 nº 655 p.13-14 (FR)
  13. Meijer, R.: S.E.W. ; Sociaal-economische wetgeving 2008 p.307-311 (NL)
  14. Kolasiński, Marek Krzysztof: Odpowiedzialność odszkodowawcza Wspólnoty Europejskiej za szkody wyrządzone przy kontroli koncentracji, Glosa 2008 Vol.3 p.112-121 (PL)
  15. Svetlicinii, Alexandr: Damages for Schneider Electric: Setting the Standards for Community's Non-Contractual Liability, European Law Reporter 2008 p.158-161 (EN)
  16. Klumpp, Ulrich: Muss die Kommission für Fehler im Fusionskontrollverfahren Schadensersatz zahlen? - Das Schneider-III-Urteil des Gerichts erster Instanz vom 11.7.2007 (Rs T-351/03), Zeitschrift für Wettbewerbsrecht 2008 p.441-458 (DE)
  17. Hartmann-Rüppel, Marco ; Von Hülsen, Philipp: Schadensersatz bei Verfahrensfehlern - das Urteil Schneider Electric und seine Folgen, Die Rechtsstellung Betroffener im modernisierten EU-Kartellverfahren 2010 p.29-41 (DE)



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

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Subject-matter

  • Competition
  • - Agreements, decisions and concerted practices
  • Non-contractual liability

Procedure and result

  • Action for damages : application granted
  • Action for damages : dismissal on substantive grounds

Formation of the Court

quatrième chambre élargie (Tribunal)

Judge-Rapporteur

Legal

Advocate General

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Language(s) of the Case

  • French

Language(s) of the Opinion

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