A Portuguese Court finds that a beer distribution agreement does not appreciably restrict competition (Sociedade Central de Cervejas / Factorfina Consultores)

Centralcer - Central de Cervejas, S.A. (one of the main beer manufacturers in Portugal, hereinafter referred to as “the supplier”) signed a single-branding agreement with Factorfina Consultores Lda. (hereinafter, “the purchaser”) in 1997. In exchange for ESC 7.605.000, the purchaser agreed not to purchase similar products from any other company. The contract was deemed to come to an end after a period of five years (earlier if the quantities supplied amounted to 240.000 litres). Since the quantities were never purchased, the supplier brought an action before the Tribunal da Comarca de Lisboa (“the national court”) seeking to put an end to the contractual relationship and the payment by the purchaser of the penalties

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Pablo Ibáñez Colomo, A Portuguese Court finds that a beer distribution agreement does not appreciably restrict competition (Sociedade Central de Cervejas / Factorfina Consultores), 25 October 2005, e-Competitions Bulletin October 2005, Art. N° 428

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