The General Court has rejected two appeals by Henkel in which it sought the annulment of decisions of the European Commission by which the Commission refused to transfer certain documents to the French Competition Authority (“ADLC”) in relation to a consumer detergents cartel case. In parallel to the Commission, the ADLC had examined a case concerning consumer textile detergents in France, involving some of the same companies as the Commissions’ investigation. Henkel considered that the cartels investigated by the Commission and the ADLC formed a single, broader, infringement, and it considered that it needed certain documents from the Commission in order to defend itself in front of the ADLC. The Commission, however, refused to grant the documents to the ADLC. Henkel appealed these decisions to the General Court. The General Court concluded that both actions had become devoid of purpose as the ADLC had concluded its proceedings, in the absence of the requested documents. The ADLC had concluded that the Commission's documents were not necessary in order to guarantee the respect of Henkel's rights of defense and were not relevant to its analysis of the case before it. Therefore, Henkel had no legal interest in seeking the annulment of the Commission's decisions and its appeals were inadmissible. Source: Case T 607/11 and T‑64/12