The EU Court of Justice hands down preliminary ruling on circumstances in which agreements concerning the price of automotive repairs concluded between insurance companies and repair shops may have an anti-competitive object (Allianz, Generali)

On 14 March 2013, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) handed down a judgment on a reference for a preliminary ruling from the Hungarian Supreme Court on the application of Article 101 TFEU to certain agreements between insurance companies and car repair shops. Once a year, Hungarian insurers – in particular Allianz Hungária Biztosító Zrt (“Allianz”), Generali-Providencia Biztosító Zrt (“Generali”) – agree with car repair shops the conditions and rates applicable to repair services payable by the insurer in the case of accidents involving insured vehicles. As a result of these agreements, repair shops are able to carry out repairs immediately in accordance with the conditions and rates agreed with the insurer. Many authorised dealers that also operate as repair shops request the

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Andrzej Kmiecik, The EU Court of Justice hands down preliminary ruling on circumstances in which agreements concerning the price of automotive repairs concluded between insurance companies and repair shops may have an anti-competitive object (Allianz, Generali), 14 March 2013, e-Competitions Bulletin March 2013, Art. N° 58156

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