The Irish Supreme Court confirms an historic award of damages against the Electricity Supply Board for its unintentional abuse of a dominant position (Donovan)

Summary of the relevant facts The plaintiffs worked as electrical contractors in the South of Ireland. Their work primarily involved the installation of different types of electrical plaint equipment in private residences and on farms. In other words, they provided electrical contracting services to low voltage installations, a sub-market of the electrical contracting services market. The defendant, the Electricity Supply Board (hereinafter ESB), is a statutory corporation and the sole company in Ireland endowed with the power to generate, transmit and supply electricity. As a result of longstanding fears concerning the verification and certification of safety in electrical installations a company known as the “Register of Electrical Contractors of Ireland Limited” (RECI) was

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Orla Lynskey, The Irish Supreme Court confirms an historic award of damages against the Electricity Supply Board for its unintentional abuse of a dominant position (Donovan), 3 July 1997, e-Competitions July 1997, Art. N° 1224

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