The Helsinki District Court dismisses a damages action on concerted practices in spare car parts wholesale (Atoy v. Arwidson, HL Group, Koivunen, Kaha and Örum)

The Helsinki District Court dismissed a damages action claiming losses allegedly caused by concerted practice between spare car part wholesalers. The court found that the claimant had failed to show a causal link between competition-infringing practice by the five defendants and damage which the claimant had allegedly suffered. Earlier, the Finnish Market Court and the Finnish Supreme Administrative Court had found that a concerted practice or a cartel - which infringed a national provision prohibiting competition-restricting contracts and concerted practices as well as Article 81(1) EC (now, 101(1) TFEU) - had taken place. On the basis of mutual agreement or comparable practice, the defendants had boycotted a retail chain (Osaset), which had entered into a cooperation agreement with

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Katri Havu, The Helsinki District Court dismisses a damages action on concerted practices in spare car parts wholesale (Atoy v. Arwidson, HL Group, Koivunen, Kaha and Örum), 31 March 2014, e-Competitions Bulletin Economic assessment of damages, Art. N° 66101

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