The Lisbon Appeal Court upholds Competition Authority’s decision fining an association of parking companies for participating in a cartel (ANEPE)

On 31 December 2010, the Portuguese Competition Authority (PCA) adopted a decision finding that the Portuguese Association of Parking Companies (ANEPE) had adopted an anticompetitive decision and imposed a fine of EUR 1.971.397, 17. In short, the PCA concluded that ANEPE had coordinated its associates reactions to new legislation concerning pricing in parking facilities, recommending increases and certain fixed prices. On appeal, this decision was upheld by the first instance court (Tribunal do Comércio de Lisboa), on 29 May 2012, although the fine was reduced to EUR 969.000. ANEPE continued its legal battle, filing an appeal before the Lisbon Appeal Court, which is the last resort

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Miguel Gorjão-Henriques, Miguel Sousa Ferro, The Lisbon Appeal Court upholds Competition Authority’s decision fining an association of parking companies for participating in a cartel (ANEPE), 4 avril 2013, e-Competitions Due Process Research Program, Art. N° 54770

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