The Czech Supreme court confirms the supermarket cartel decision (Billa / Creditex)

The case concerns the coordination of purchasing strategy between two retail chains in the Czech Republic, BILLA, spol. s r.o. (“Billa”) and JULIUS MEINL, a.s. (“Julius Meinl”, a company that currently bears the business name CREDITEX HOLDING, a.s.). In 2001 and 2002 the parties agreed to coordinate and unify their purchase prices for goods and the commercial terms they applied in relation to their suppliers. Billa and Julius Meinl exchanged information regarding their purchase prices and bonus and discount systems. Subsequently, they compared them and required the suppliers to adjust their terms and conditions applied at that moment in the event that the terms offered to the other party were more advantageous. They also required financial compensation from the suppliers in order to

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Tomás Čihula, The Czech Supreme court confirms the supermarket cartel decision (Billa / Creditex), 29 March 2012, e-Competitions Bulletin March 2012, Art. N° 48222

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