The Lisbon Court of Appeal upholds the Lisbon Commercial Court’s decision that had confirmed a decision of the Portuguese Competition Authority relating a proceeding pursuant to Competition Law for the setting of minimum fees for dental services (Portuguese Dental Association)

1) The Administrative Proceedings - Autoridade da Concorrência (Portuguese Competition Authority) On June 30, 2005 the Autoridade da Concorrência (Portuguese Competition Authority - PCA) imposed a fine to the Ordem dos Médicos Dentistas (Portuguese Dental Association) of €160,181.00 for setting minimum fees for dental services. PCA started an investigation after finding out that the Portuguese Dental Association published in their website a “Table of Fees” fixing the maximum and minimum fees for each service. Moreover, article 22 of the Association’s Code of Conduct, which was in force at the time of PCA’s decision determined, on its article 22, that the dentist fees would have to respect the minimum and maximum amounts established. The breach of the referred provision was subject to

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  • Ana Oliveira Bruno e Associados - Sociedade de Advogados (Lisbon)

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Miriam Brice, The Lisbon Court of Appeal upholds the Lisbon Commercial Court’s decision that had confirmed a decision of the Portuguese Competition Authority relating a proceeding pursuant to Competition Law for the setting of minimum fees for dental services (Portuguese Dental Association), 19 June 2008, e-Competitions Bulletin June 2008, Art. N° 21297

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