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Judgment of the General Court of 18 May 2022 – Canon v Commission

(Case T-609/19) 1

(Competition – Concentrations – Medical equipment manufacturing sector – Decision imposing fines for implementing a concentration prior to notification and authorisation – Article 4(1), Article 7(1) and Article 14 of Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 – Interim transaction and ultimate transaction – Parking structure – Single concentration– Rights of the defence – Legitimate expectations – Principle of legality – Proportionality – Amount of fines – Mitigating circumstances)

Language of the case: English


Applicant: Canon Inc. (Tokyo, Japan) (represented by: U. Soltész, W. Bosch, C. von Köckritz, K. Winkelmann, M. Reynolds, J. Schindler, D. Arts and W. Devroe, lawyers)

Defendant: European Commission (represented by: G. Conte and C. Urraca Caviedes, acting as Agents)

Intervener in support of the defendant: Council of the European Union (represented by: A.-L. Meyer and O. Segnana, acting as Agents)


Application under Article 263 TFEU for, primarily, annulment of Commission Decision C(2019) 4559 final of 27 June 2019 imposing fines for failing to notify a concentration in breach of Article 4(1) of Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 and for implementing a concentration in breach of Article 7(1) of that regulation (Case M.8179 – Canon/Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation), and, in the alternative, annulment or reduction of the fines imposed on the applicant.

Operative part of the judgment

The Court:

Dismisses the action;

Orders Canon Inc. to bear its own costs as well as those incurred by the European Commission;

Orders the Council of the European Union to bear its own costs.


1 OJ C 399, 25.11.2019.