The Warsaw Court of Appeal confirms that resale price maintenance in franchise agreements violates competition law (Sfinks Polska)

In its judgement of 10 January 2018, the Court of Appeal in Warsaw upheld the decision of the President of the Polish Competition Authority (Prezes Urzędu Ochrony Konkurencji i Konsumentów, UOKiK) of 25 June 2013 in which Sfinks Polska S.A. (Sfinks) was found to infringe Art. 6(1) of the Polish Competition and Consumer Protection Act (equivalent to Article 101(1) TFEU) by imposing fixed resale prices (RPM) for meals in restaurants operating under brand “Sphinx”. The Court, however, considerably lowered the fine from PLN 464,228.92 (approximately €107,000) to PLN 50,000 (approximately €11,500) due to benign anti-competitive effects of the RPM at hand. This is the fourth judgement in the Sfinks saga. Background Sfinks is one of the largest casual dining restaurants operators in Poland. At

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  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)

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Jan Przerwa, The Warsaw Court of Appeal confirms that resale price maintenance in franchise agreements violates competition law (Sfinks Polska), 10 janvier 2018, e-Competitions January 2018, Art. N° 87147

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