The Midden-Nederland Court rejects claims that a car manufacturer infringed competition law by entering into agreements or concerted practices with members of its network in order to refuse access to its network and by abusing its dominant position on various markets by refusing to accept the claimants as approved repairers (KIA Motors Nederland)

NL30 KIA Motors Nederland LJN: BZ1050 06.02.13 Lower Court, access to selective distribution system The Dutch Court of ‘Midden-Nederland’ rejects claims that KIA Motors Nederland B.V. infringed competition law by entering into agreements or concerted practices with members of its network in order to refuse access to its network and by abusing its dominant position by refusing to accept the claimants as approved repairers. I. The Facts The claimants formed part of a network of (sub-)dealers of KIA Nederland B.V. (hereinafter ‘KIA Nederland’). Their activities included, in addition to selling KIA vehicles, notably performing maintenance and repairs of KIA vehicles and guarantee activities for the manufacturer of KIA vehicles. KIA Nederland was declared bankrupt on the 6th April 2009.

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Marco Slotboom, Hannelore Wiame, The Midden-Nederland Court rejects claims that a car manufacturer infringed competition law by entering into agreements or concerted practices with members of its network in order to refuse access to its network and by abusing its dominant position on various markets by refusing to accept the claimants as approved repairers (KIA Motors Nederland), 6 février 2013, e-Competitions February 2013, Art. N° 57292

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