E.U. Court Weighs In On Gas Station Exclusivity

Law360, New York (December 14, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- The European Union’s highest court has ruled that oil companies should be prohibited from signing exclusive supply contracts with gas stations and setting retail prices, contending that such actions constitute violations of E.U. antitrust law.

On Thursday, the Court of First Instance in Luxembourg ruled that the community’s ban on exclusive purchasing agreements applies to fuel distribution pacts between a supplier and a service-station operator when the latter is acting as a medium for a third-party purchaser.

“In such circumstances the imposition of a sale price...
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