A Portuguese Court upholds Competition Authority decision that imposed a fine to an association for price fixing, but reduces the amount of the fine by considering the association turnover as relevant in place of the associates’ turnover (Veterinarian Medical Association)

On 5 July 2007, the Lisbon Court of Appeals upheld the Lisbon Court of Comerce ruling which confirmed the Competition Authority (“PCA”) decision imposing a fine of € 75,935.00 (seventy-five thousand nine hundred and thirty-five euros) on the Veterinarian Medical Association (“VMA”) for price fixing. It however reduced the amount of the fine to € 18,000 (eighteen thousand euros) by considering the association turnover as relevant in place of the associates' turnover. The decision of the Lisbon Court of Appeals is final. I. The PCA's decision The Competition Authority imposed a fine of € 75,935.00 on the Veterinarian Medical Association (“VMA”), for fixing minimum fees regarding veterinary services. The case originated in a complaint based on a circular letter from the Order of Veterinarians

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José Luís da Cruz Vilaça, A Portuguese Court upholds Competition Authority decision that imposed a fine to an association for price fixing, but reduces the amount of the fine by considering the association turnover as relevant in place of the associates’ turnover (Veterinarian Medical Association), 5 July 2007, e-Competitions Bulletin Mitigation of fines, Art. N° 21920

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