The Spanish Competition Authority fines the national kennel club for abusing its dominant position by hindering the expansion of rivals through, inter alia, imposing high switching costs (Royal Canine Society of Spain)

On 26 May 2022, the CNMC fined the Royal Canine Society of Spain ("RSCE") almost EUR 143,000 for abusing its dominant position in several markets related to purebred dogs by hindering the activity of rival associations and discriminating against canine judges. The CNMC launched its investigation in October 2020 following a complaint from several canine associations. Key takeaways Although competition law infringements committed by associations usually fall within the scope of Article 1 of the Spanish Competition Act ("SCA") and Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union ("TFEU"), their behaviour may also amount to an abuse of

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Rafael Baena, Javier Torrecilla Pérez, The Spanish Competition Authority fines the national kennel club for abusing its dominant position by hindering the expansion of rivals through, inter alia, imposing high switching costs (Royal Canine Society of Spain), 26 May 2022, e-Competitions May 2022, Art. N° 107357

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