The European Court of Justice rules on capacity reduction agreements in Irish beef case (Beef Industry Development Society and Barry Brothers (Carrigmore) Meats)

On 20 November 2008, in a ruling on a preliminary reference from the Irish Supreme Court, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) found that the object of an agreement between Irish beef processors designed to reduce overcapacity in the sector was anti-competitive. In its ruling, the ECJ followed the earlier opinion of Advocate General Trstenjak. The reference from the Irish Supreme Court to the ECJ concerned a case between the Irish Competition Authority, on the one hand, and the Beef Industry Development Society Ltd (BIDS) and Barry Brothers (Carrigmore) Meats Limited (Barry Brothers), on the other hand. The question referred by the Irish Supreme Court was whether an agreement between beef processors, which aims to

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Richard Burton, The European Court of Justice rules on capacity reduction agreements in Irish beef case (Beef Industry Development Society and Barry Brothers (Carrigmore) Meats), 20 November 2008, e-Competitions Bulletin November 2008, Art. N° 44500

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