UTPs: Administrative Court upholds CCA decision sanctioning Fragaria 350,000 Kuna for imposition of unfair trading practices

On 16 December 2020 the Administrative Court in Zagreb completely rejected the statement of claim of the re-seller Fragaria d.o.o. in the administrative dispute against the respondent Croatian Competition Agency (CCA) requesting annulment of its infringement decision in the case concerned.

Namely, on 26 July 2019 the CCA adopted a decision establishing that Fragaria used its superior bargaining position by imposing unfair trading practices within the meaning of the Act on the prohibition of unfair trading practices in the business-to-business food supply chain (UTPs Act) on its suppliers of watermelons and imposed the fine for the infringement concerned in the amount of HRK 350,000.

The ruling of the Administrative Court in Zagreb is still not legally valid on the account of the fact that Fragaria can appeal to the High Administrative Court of the Republic of Croatia.

The press release about the previously taken decision of the CCA in the case against Fragaria is available here:

http://www.aztn.hr/en/unfair-trading-practices-cca-imposes-hrk-350000-fine-on-fragraria/