The High Court of Ireland holds trade association in contempt of court for price fixing (Competition Authority/Licensed Vintners Association & Ors)

Introduction In a decision of the 24th July 2009, Mr. Justice McKechnie found the Vintners' Federation of Ireland (VFI) and the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) had breached the terms of settlement agreed with the Competition Authority [1]. The case arose out of complaint from the Competition Authority regarding an announcement by the trade associations, to its members, to freeze alcohol prices. On the 1st December 2008, the VFI and LVA issued a joint press statement recommending members implement a one-year price freeze on all alcoholic beverages served in pubs, with immediate effect. The LVA represent approximately 700 members in the Dublin area, which amounts to over 90% of publicans and license holders in the area. The VFI has of membership of some 5,000 publicans and license

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Úna Glazier-Farmer, The High Court of Ireland holds trade association in contempt of court for price fixing (Competition Authority/Licensed Vintners Association & Ors), 24 July 2009, e-Competitions Bulletin Commitment Decisions, Art. N° 30632

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