EU & UK Competition Bulletin

    View Author June 2009

    A single meeting between competitors may breach competition law

    The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that a single meeting between companies may constitute a concerted practice in breach of competition law. In particular, the ECJ assumes that, if anti-competitive behaviour takes place (in this case illegal information exchange), that behaviour is capable of having an effect on the market even after only one meeting as the participants are assumed to take account of the information they have received.

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