The Hellenic Competition Authority fines a company for abusing its dominant position and extends parent liability for competition law violations in the detergents, cleaners and cosmetics sector (Colgate / Palmolive)

Vertical Agreements [1] Restriction of parallel trade clauses in Colgate’s vertical agreements with retailers – Parental liability (HCC 610/2015) In 2017, the HCC published its decision against members of the COLGATE-PALMOLIVE group of companies pursuant to an ex officio investigation in the detergents/cleaners for home use and cosmetics markets which was initiated in 2005, after consumers complained of the price differences between detergents/cleaners in Greece and other EU countries. The HCC resolved that, specific terms in the commercial agreements of COLGATEPALMOLIVE HELLAS with several supermarkets, based on their economic context, interpretation and a ‘by object’ categorization, were intended directly to restrict parallel imports and therefore imposed a total fine of approximately

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Anastasia Dritsa, Violeta Panagiotopoulou, The Hellenic Competition Authority fines a company for abusing its dominant position and extends parent liability for competition law violations in the detergents, cleaners and cosmetics sector (Colgate / Palmolive), 24 April 2015, e-Competitions July 2017, Art. N° 99477

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