The High Court of Ireland holds that Dublin local authorities abused their dominant position in the household waste collection market in an attempt to remove rival private operators (Nurendale / Panda Waste Services)

Nurendale Limited t/a Panda Waste Services v Dublin City Council & Ors arises out of a change (“Variation”) to the Waste Management Plan for the Dublin Region 2005-2010 made collectively by the four Dublin local authorities on 3 March 2008. Panda Waste Services (“Panda”) challenged this Variation as constituting a breach of sections 4 and 5 of the Competition Act 2002, namely an anti-competitive practice and an abuse of a dominant position. Mr Justice Liam McKechnie in the High Court of Ireland ruled on 21 December 2009 that the Variation was indeed a breach of the provisions of the Competition Act 2002 and that the Variation be quashed. Under the Waste Management Acts 1996-2007 a number of local authorities may jointly adopt a co-ordinated approach to waste management. This has

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Patrick O'Brien, The High Court of Ireland holds that Dublin local authorities abused their dominant position in the household waste collection market in an attempt to remove rival private operators (Nurendale / Panda Waste Services), 21 December 2009, e-Competitions December 2009, Art. N° 32780

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