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Penalty Clauses in Exclusive Contracts and Abuse of Dominant Position

14 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2009  

Ignacio Marin Garcia

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Carlos Alberto Ruiz García

Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Department of Law

Date Written: July 17, 2009

Abstract

This paper analyzes the Spanish National Competition Commission Decision of May 19, 2009, which fines 'Abertis' for abuse of dominant position. The abusive practice consisted in imposing excessive penalty clauses in contracts with national television channels. Penalty clauses in exclusive contracts may have effects on competition, either positive or negative. However, the National Competition Commission forgets the formers and therefore concludes that those clauses are anticompetitive.

Keywords: penalty clauses, exclusive contracts, competition law, abuse of dominant position

Suggested Citation

Marin Garcia, Ignacio and Ruiz García, Carlos Alberto, Penalty Clauses in Exclusive Contracts and Abuse of Dominant Position (July 17, 2009). InDret, Vol. 3, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1440232

Ignacio Marin Garcia (Contact Author)

Universitat Pompeu Fabra ( email )

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Barcelona, E-08005
Spain

Carlos Alberto Ruiz García

Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Department of Law ( email )

Ramon Trias Fargas 25-27
Barcelona, 08005
Spain

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