The UK Court of Appeal applies Article 101.1 TFEU and awards damages for breach of EU law (Crehan)

According to the Court of appeal judgement dated 21 May 2004, national court is obliged under its duty of sincere cooperation to give a great deal of deference to the Commission and is not entitled to reconsider the Commission's previous decisions even if it thinks that they are wrong. Damages can be awarded by a national court for breach of EC law, in the present case for breach of Article 81 EC. Background This case concerned “beer tie” agreements which were attached to the leases of a public house. Crehan leased two public houses which were owned by the first defendant to the action, Inntrepreneur. The leases also contained “beer tie” agreements by which Crehan was bound to purchase most of his beer from Courage, a co-owner of the parent company of Inntrepreneur Pub Co CPC. Hence

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  • Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton (Brussels)
  • Law Office of Tim Seidenspinner

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Jacques Derenne, Tim Seidenspinner, The UK Court of Appeal applies Article 101.1 TFEU and awards damages for breach of EU law (Crehan), 21 mai 2004, e-Competitions May 2004, Art. N° 204

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