The Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (“DCCA”) has created a new division for Digital Platforms to boost enforcement of competition rules in the digital economy. The new division is a result of the acknowledgement in Denmark and Europe that competition in the digital sector is different from more traditional markets.
There has been an enhanced focus on personal fines in competition law cases in Denmark. It is now common that fines are not only issued to companies but also individuals when the Danish Competition Act is violated – and the first prison sentence may not be far away.
Two Danish utility companies have received fines of DKK 8 million in total for implementing a notifiable merger in 2012 without filing the compulsory merger notification. The case is an obvious reminder of how important it is to focus on competition rules in connection with mergers, acquisitions, sell-offs, joint ventures and similar transactions – also within the utility sector. (more…)
Nissan’s rejection of admitting Daugaard Biler as an authorised repairer was a violation of the competition rules according to the Danish Maritime and Commercial Court’s judgment of 20 March 2018. A fundamental breach of the car distribution agreement in a combined distribution and repairer agreement did not entitle Nissan to reject Daugaard Biler as an authorised Nissan repairer. (more…)
In a recent case, the Danish Competition Council ruled that CD Pharma had abused its dominant position by increasing the price on the medicinal product Syntocinon by 2,000 % in 2014. The decision is the first Danish ruling on excessive pricing in the pharmaceutical sector.