The Spanish Supreme Court firmly protects price competition in the liberal professions and gives a controversial view on the interaction between EC and national competition Law (Ricardo)

Introduction On 4 November 2008, the Spanish Tribunal Supremo (Supreme Court) handed down a landmark ruling in case 5837/2005, Ricardo v. Consejo General de la Abogacía. This case looks set to be a cornerstone of Spanish competition law for years to come. The judgment was delivered by the Administrative Section of the Supreme Court, sitting as a full chamber, on an appeal against a previous ruling of the Administrative chamber of the Audiencia Nacional (National Court). The Supreme Court's judgment is of great importance for many reasons. First, it defines the extent to which national authorities and public bodies are subject to Spanish Competition law. Second, it defines a new approach to be taken to conduct that would normally be covered by competition law, but is exempted pursuant

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Aitor Montesa Lloreda, Angel Givaja Sanz, The Spanish Supreme Court firmly protects price competition in the liberal professions and gives a controversial view on the interaction between EC and national competition Law (Ricardo), 4 November 2008, e-Competitions Bulletin Direct effect, Art. N° 23835

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