A Spanish Tribunal finds that a distribution agreement may not be a ’genuine’ agency agreement and thus may fall within the scope of Art. 81.1 EC (Gebe / BP Oil España)

Compañía arrendataria del monopolio del petróleo, S.A. (hereinafter, “Campsa”) and Gebe, S.L. (“Gebe”) concluded in July 1988 an agreement concerning the distribution of oil products. The latter operated from premises hired to him by Campsa. The agency agreement included a non-compete obligation and the remuneration was set by reference (1) to the volume purchased by the agent and (2) to the remuneration granted in the framework of similar agreements. If the contractual products had to be purchased by Gebe, its price had to be set at a level allowing “rationally” the reseller to obtain commercial margins similar to those granted in the sector. BP Oil España, S.L. (“BP”) later assumed Campsa's contractual obligations. Gebe started an action for damages against BP before the Juzgado de lo

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Pablo Ibáñez Colomo, A Spanish Tribunal finds that a distribution agreement may not be a ’genuine’ agency agreement and thus may fall within the scope of Art. 81.1 EC (Gebe / BP Oil España), 22 mars 2005, Bulletin e-Competitions March 2005, Art. N° 23

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