CJEU (C-179/16, Hoffman-La Roche): infringement of pharmacovigilance obligations may give rise to EU competition law liability

On 23 January 2018, the European Court of Justice (“CJEU”) issued its preliminary ruling in the Hoffman-La Roche case, where it had the chance to address some major issues regarding competition law in the pharmaceutical sector. The request for a preliminary ruling had been referred by the Italian Consiglio di Stato in relation to a cartel case where the Italian Competition Authority had fined Roche and Novartis for a total amount of 180 million euros.

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The lords of law – Veit Stoll (MSD)

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TrustinIP inaugurates a series of interviews to lawyers that stand apart for their excellent skills. We will ask these “lords of law” to express their view on legal issues and personal opinions, hoping to give our readers some enjoyable minutes. We start with Veit Stoll, Director Legal Affairs & Compliance for MSD Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Good morning Mr. Stoll. What’s the weather like today in Munich?

Pretty fair. Partly sunny and some degrees Celsius above zero.

Today you are a renowned lawyer. What led you into studying law? As a school student, did you wish to become a lawyer?

Yes. Always wanted to be independent and have a broad education as basis for a variety of career choices. Continue reading “The lords of law – Veit Stoll (MSD)”