Stek’s Competition Litigation team has succesfully defended tour operator Corendon against a large claim initiated by its former travel agent Prijsvrij based on an alleged infringement of the cartel prohibition contained in Article 6 of the Dutch Competition Act and Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. According to Prijsvrij, Corendon terminated the agency agreement with Prijsvrij as a result of a concerted practice with another tour operator. Because of this Prijvrij claimed that the termination was null and void. Corendon extensively challenged the existence of such an infringement and argued that Prijsvrij did not meet its burden of proof. The District Court of Noord Holland followed Corendon’s defence. Prijsvrij’s claim was therefore dismissed.
The judgment can be found here.