The German Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf holds that hardcore restrictions are not per se appreciable if the relevant market share is below 1% (Tschechisches Bier)

On 23 June 2004, the German Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf issued a decision on the compatibility with EC law of a contract concerning an exclusive right to import Czech beer into Germany [1] . Facts The plaintiff used to be the sole importer and authorised dealer in Germany for Budweiser Budvar beer produced by the Czech brewery Budějovický Budvar n.p. (“B”). The defendant, a subsidiary of B, also acted as an importer of beer. In January 2004 the plaintiff brought an action for an injunction against the defendant for making unfair use of a breach of contract on B's part. According to the plaintiff the defendant was importing Budweiser

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Petra Linsmeier, Moritz Lichtenegger, The German Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf holds that hardcore restrictions are not per se appreciable if the relevant market share is below 1% (Tschechisches Bier), 23 June 2004, e-Competitions June 2004, Art. N° 21232

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