The Czech Supreme Administrative Court clarifies the notion of single economic unit in the context of abuse of dominant position (Ceska rafinerska)

On 29 October 2007, the Czech Supreme Administrative Court quashed a previous decision of the Regional Court in Brno which cancelled a decision of the Chairman of the Office for the Protection of Competition (the “Office”) imposing a fine of CZK 6,000,000 on Ceska Rafinerska for an abuse of dominant position on the market of petrochemical products. According to the Office, Ceska Rafinerska violated Czech 2001 Competition Act by interrupting supplies to its long-term customer CHEMOPETROL without objective reasons. The Regional Court in Brno held that Ceska Rafinerska and CHEMOPETROL belonged to the same group of companies since they were both ultimately controlled by UNIPETROL, and, accordingly, Ceska Rafinerska could have not abused its dominant position on the relevant market vis-a-vis

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Jiri Kindl, The Czech Supreme Administrative Court clarifies the notion of single economic unit in the context of abuse of dominant position (Ceska rafinerska), 29 October 2007, e-Competitions October 2007, Art. N° 15738

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