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In 2010 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered a major decision that has since been the subject of extensive discussions (Akzo Nobel Chemicals Ltd and Akcros Chemicals Ltd v. European Commission). In 2003, the European Commission (EC) raided the offices of Akzo Nobel and one of its subsidiaries, Akcros, following suspicions of breach of European competition laws. The EC seized a significant quantity of materials, including communications exchanged between one of the company’s in-house counsel (a Dutch attorney practicing in the Netherlands, where the offices were located) and his business clients.