The Provincial Court of Madrid refuses to qualify a contract as a resale agreement and holds that the qualification given by “administrative bodies” to similar agreements is not binding upon national courts (Melón / Repsol)

Repsol Comercial de productos petrolíferos S.A. (hereinafter, “Repsol”), supplied oil products to Melón S.A. (hereinafter, “Melón”), pursuant to an agency agreement signed between the parties. Considering that it was not a “genuine” agency agreement and that Commission Regulation (EC) n° 2790/1999, of 22 December 1999, on the application of Article 81(3) of the Treaty to categories of vertical agreements and concerted practices (OJ L 336, 29 December 1999, p. 21-25) should therefore apply, Melón filed a declaratory action before the Madrid “Juzgado de Primera Instancia n° 8”. After the dismissal in first

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Pablo Ibáñez Colomo, The Provincial Court of Madrid refuses to qualify a contract as a resale agreement and holds that the qualification given by “administrative bodies” to similar agreements is not binding upon national courts (Melón / Repsol), 7 July 2004, e-Competitions Bulletin Economic assessment of damages, Art. N° 171

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