The Polish Competition Authority fines members of a price maintenance agreement on the paint market (Tikkurila, Castorama, Praktiker)

Background The market for the wholesale of paints in Poland has been subject to special scrutiny by the Office for Competition and Consumer Protection (the OCCP). The first case concerning the illegal collusion between the paint producer (Polifarb Cieszyn) and its distributors was examined in 2005. Since then a number of other serious infringements of the competition law have been found on this market [1]. In the course of the proceedings in the Polifarb Cieszyn case, on 28 September 2005, the DIY supermarket Castorama delivered to the OCCP copies of electronic messages which in its view could have been proof of illegal collusion with the paint producer Tikkurila. SA. On the basis of these documents on 22 December 2006 the OCCP started antimonopoly proceedings. On 24 May 2010, the

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  • Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak (Warsaw)
  • Hogan Lovells (Warsaw)

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Robert Gago, Radoslaw Pawluk, The Polish Competition Authority fines members of a price maintenance agreement on the paint market (Tikkurila, Castorama, Praktiker), 24 May 2010, e-Competitions Bulletin Exclusivity clause, Art. N° 32130

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