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Polish Leniency Programme and its Intersection with Private Enforcement of Competition Law

Rumak, Ewelina and Sitarek, Piotr (2009): Polish Leniency Programme and its Intersection with Private Enforcement of Competition Law. Published in: Yearbook of Antitrust and Regulatory Studies , Vol. 2009, No. 2(2) (2009): pp. 99-123.

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Abstract

This paper is devoted to the Polish leniency programme, including the conditions of obtaining lenient treatment and the applicable procedure. The type, scope and form of information that must be submitted are commented on as well as the marker system and summary applications. The intersection of the leniency scheme with private enforcement of antitrust rules is discussed in detail. Special attention is devoted to the possible ways in which private antitrust plaintiffs might access information submitted to the UOKiK by leniency applicants. Thoroughly analysed are the rules regulating the possibility of obtaining relevant documents from the UOKiK and from the defendant in the course of civil proceedings as well as the status of the administrative decision in subsequent civil litigation. The paper covers also the scope of the leniency recipient’s civil liability and touches upon the possible ways in which it could be limited to enhance the effectiveness of the leniency scheme. Some suggestions de lege ferenda are also provided concerning the means of increasing this effectiveness without prejudice to the private parties’ right to compensation.

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