A Dutch Court of Appeal declares a franchise agreement compatible with national competition law on the basis of the ECJ Pronuptia Case (Multicopy)

In 1989, Multicopy (the franchisor) and the applicant (the franchisee) concluded a franchise agreement for the exploitation of a Multicopy print service establishment. This agreement was concluded for a duration of 10 years and was due to expire in October 1999. Under this agreement, the franchisee was under the obligation to purchase the necessary materials exclusively from suppliers selected by the franchisor, unless the prices of those suppliers exceeded those of competitors. The franchisor issued price guidelines on a national basis for the selling of services and goods by franchisees. The franchisee was under the obligation to participate to all advertising considered necessary by the franchisor and to obtain the franchisor's approval for its individual advertising. The agreement

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  • European Commission - DG HR (Brussels)

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Tristan Baumé, A Dutch Court of Appeal declares a franchise agreement compatible with national competition law on the basis of the ECJ Pronuptia Case (Multicopy), 20 December 2005, e-Competitions Bulletin December 2005, Art. N° 390

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