The Spanish Supreme Court confirms a judgment annulling a fine imposed by the Competition Authority upon the professional lawyers’ association for adopting an advertising regulation contrary to Spanish competition rules (CGAE)

On 20 September 2006, the Spanish Supreme Court confirmed a judgment annulling a €180,360 fine imposed by the Spanish Competition Authority (Tribunal de Defensa de la Competencia, TDC)upon the professional lawyers' association (Consejo General de la Abogacía Española, CGAE). The TDC had ruled that the CGAE had adopted a regulation on advertising requirements applicable to legal services that was contrary to Spanish competition rules. The TDC had considered that a regulation such as that adopted by the CGAE imposing certain restrictions on the means and contents of advertising by law practitioners hinders competition in the sense of article 1 of the Spanish Competition Act, which prohibits anticompetitive agreements. The regulation restricting the advertising of professional legal

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Margarita Fernandez Alvarez-Labrador, The Spanish Supreme Court confirms a judgment annulling a fine imposed by the Competition Authority upon the professional lawyers’ association for adopting an advertising regulation contrary to Spanish competition rules (CGAE), 20 September 2006, e-Competitions September 2006, Art. N° 12624

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