A Swedish Court finds that the national competition authority failed to prove a significant restriction of an hardcore restriction (Volvo Dealers Cartel)

On 10 December 2002 the Swedish Competition Authority (the “SCA”) carried out dawn raids at eight car dealers in the southern Swedish provinces of Skåne and Blekinge. The dawn raids were carried out in response to complaints presented to the SCA. The eight car dealers were authorized dealers for Volvo and Renault. The defendants (except one) were members of an association called the Volvo Dealer Association, Group 1 (“Group 1”), in which the respective CEOs and sales directors met approximately four times a year. At the meetings the national dealer association (VHF) informed the dealers about matters of a common interest. It also received input from the local dealers. The SCA accused the defendants of having infringed 6 § of the Swedish Competition Act and Article 81 EC by agreeing the

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Fredrik Lindblom, A Swedish Court finds that the national competition authority failed to prove a significant restriction of an hardcore restriction (Volvo Dealers Cartel), 6 July 2006, e-Competitions Bulletin Automobile, Art. N° 12441

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