On 13 April 2018, the Competition Appeals Board affirmed the Competition Council’s decision concerning the Camping Council’s and DK-CAMP’s violation of the Competition Act by having concluded an agreement concerning camping passes. The Competition Council has reported the matter to the police. (more…)
The wholesale company Metro has violated the Danish Competition Act by retaining information about a potential buyer of the company in a contemplated merger between Metro and the wholesale supplier Euro cater. This was established by a District Court in Denmark on 21 April 2017. Metro was imposed a fine of DKK 50,000. (more…)
Today it was published that Opel Danmark A/S has accepted a fine of DKK 8.25 million on 13 October 2016 for an infringement of section 6 of the Danish Competition Act.
The case concerns an anti-competitive vertical agreement between Opel and their independent dealers. In the period from 2010 to 2014, Opel has set minimum retail prices for the dealers’ sale of used Opel leasing, rental and demo cars. Consequently, Opel has prevented the distributors from competing on price for sale of these cars, which is a breach of section 6 of the Danish Competition Act.
In the determination of the fine it has been a mitigation circumstance that Opel has given the authorities information about the infringement and that Opel has documented that an extensive compliance program has been implemented.
Opel has decided to plead guilty and accept a fine notice from the Danish Public Prosecutor for Serious Financial Crime. Consequently, the case has been settled without a trail.
In a state aid dispute, Danish courts have rule on the question, whether premium free loan guarantees from a municipality to district heating companies can constitute illegal state aid in the sense of Article 107 (1) the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. Horten assisted the Municipality of Sønderborg in the case. (more…)
The Danish Competition and Consumer Authority initiates an analysis of the wholesale distributor market for medicinal products
The newly established Danish Competition Council has decided to initiate an analysis of the wholesale distributor market for medicinal products. The aim is to analyze the effectiveness of the competition on this particular market, which is characterized by two “players” holding a very significant market share. (more…)