The Polish NCA imposes record fines for resale price maintenance after a detailed assessment of the trade between member States criterion (Polifarb Cieszyn-Wroclaw)

In the beginning of 2005, Polifarb Cieszyn- Wroclaw S. A. (hereafter : Polifarb), a producer of paints and varnishes, proposed to seven building materials supermarkets, namely, Praktiker, Obi, Castorama, Leroy Merlin, Nomi, Platforma and Bricomarché, a so called “stabilization discount”. The latter was granted for maintaining the selling prices to the final clients for ten of Polifarb's most popular paints and varnishes not below the level established by this producer. The non-observance of such a pricing policy could result in the withdrawal of this discount and the suspension of the deliveries of Polifarb's products as long as the price level is not reestablished. Moreover, every supermarket was obliged to monitor one another in order to make sure that they followed the price level and

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Joanna Faruga, The Polish NCA imposes record fines for resale price maintenance after a detailed assessment of the trade between member States criterion (Polifarb Cieszyn-Wroclaw), 18 September 2006, e-Competitions Effect on interstate trade, Art. N° 12625

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