The Czech Competition Authority fines a mineral water producing company for export bans but substantially lowers the fine taking into consideration cooperation and commitments (Karlovarské minerální vody)

On 23 December 2009, the Czech Competition Office (the “Office”) ended an investigation against Karlovarské minerální vody (KMV) for export bans and imposed in a settlement procedure a fine of CZK 5 million (approximately EUR 192,000). This was the fourth case in which the Office had used settlement procedures. The first two cases were commented on in e-Competitions in the article “The Czech Office for Protection of Competition implements informal settlement procedures (Kofola - Albatros)” [1] KMV and its subsidiary, HBSW, were under investigation because of the clauses prohibiting export included in their distribution agreements with their distributors

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Zuzana Valousková, The Czech Competition Authority fines a mineral water producing company for export bans but substantially lowers the fine taking into consideration cooperation and commitments (Karlovarské minerální vody), 23 December 2009, e-Competitions December 2009, Art. N° 30640

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