The Polish Competition Authority imposes fines on a franchisor for practising fixed and minimum prices of goods on its trading partners (Sfinks Polska)

Franchise networks under siege from the Polish competition authority over alleged RPM arrangements* In its decision of 25 June 2013, the Polish competition authority [1] has fined Sfinks Polska the amount of PLN 464,228.92 (approximately €107,000) for imposing fixed resale prices on its franchisees. It is worth noting that, while it is just one of many PCA decisions regarding vertical pricing restraints, it is the first regarding pricing restraints in franchise agreements (although the franchise concept has been used in Poland since the early 1990s). Sfinks Polska is one of the largest restaurant chains operating in the casual dining sector in Poland and Europe. In December 2012, the PCA instituted proceedings which examined not only the agreements

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  • WKB Wiercinski Kwiecinski Baehr (Poznan)
  • WKB Wierciński Kwieciński Baehr (Warsaw)

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Aleksander Stawicki, Bartosz Turno, The Polish Competition Authority imposes fines on a franchisor for practising fixed and minimum prices of goods on its trading partners (Sfinks Polska), 25 June 2013, e-Competitions Bulletin June 2013, Art. N° 54860

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