The Dutch Supreme Court finds that a decision of an association of real estate agents to make compulsory the use by its members of the association’s information-sharing system infringes article 6(1) of the Dutch competition Act (NVM)

NVM is an association of real estate agents which accounted in 2005 about 80% of registered real estate agents in the Netherlands. NVM had developed an information sharing system (a first version was named “Masterplan 2000”, followed by a second version named “TIARA”), containing office automation functionalities. NVM had made the use of its information sharing system compulsory for its members. HPC Hard & Software Services (HPC) was a software developer which specifically had designed software for real estate agencies. HPC had been granted a “supplier certificate” by NVM, which permitted it to supply real estate information originating from NVM members to the NVM central exchange system. NVM had also granted to a joint venture it had set up, Realworks BV, the status of “preferred

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Tristan Baumé, The Dutch Supreme Court finds that a decision of an association of real estate agents to make compulsory the use by its members of the association’s information-sharing system infringes article 6(1) of the Dutch competition Act (NVM), 24 January 2014, e-Competitions January 2014, Art. N° 70043

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