Case T- 471/11 Éditions Odile Jacob v Commission (purchasing divested assets) [Archived]
Case T- 471/11 Éditions Odile Jacob v Commission (purchasing divested assets) [Archived]

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Case facts

Outline Appeal to the General Court of the Commission decision of 13 May 2011 approving Wendel Investissement as the purchaser of divested assets in accordance with commitments provided under the conditional clearance decision of 7 January 2004 authorising the merger whereby Lagardère acquired sole control of the assets of Vivendi Universal Publishing (Case COMP/M.2978—Lagardère/Natexis/VUP). The contested decision was adopted following the annulment by the General Court of the initial decision granting approval of Wendel as the purchaser (due to procedural irregularities).

On 5 September 2014, the General Court dismissed the action.

This matter focuses primarily on procedural issues in relation to the divestiture process—ie suitability of purchaser and, more specifically, assuring and assessing the independence of the identified trustee assigned to monitor the process.
Parties Applicant: Éditions Odile Jacob SAS (Odile Jacob)

Defendant: European Commission

Odile Jacob is a French publishing company engaged in the publishing of educational titles, primarily in the field of science.

Vivendi Universal (Vivendi) is a company operating in the French-language publishing