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Severe penalties for collusion in the electronic monitoring equipment market

The President of the Office for Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) announced the imposition of fines amounting to more than PLN 37 million for alleged price collusion and market sharing. The importer of a well-known brand of electronic monitoring equipment, several of its distributors, and seven managers were sanctioned.

Competition & Antitrust

Consumer law: AI is reviewing your contract templates online right now

At the end of September, the CJEU delivered a ruling stating that where the wording of a provision in a consumer agreement template is equivalent to that of a clause listed as an abusive clause in the register of abusive clauses, this is by itself grounds for invalidation of that provision. This argument, which incidentally has caused some controversy, is no small matter for traders that enter into agreements with consumers. Since the beginning of 2023, the President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) has been using AI to perform searches for abusive clauses. The AI tool used by UOKiK has learnt to red-flag contractual clauses, using the information in the register of abusive clauses and other sources.

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Limits on a non-compete clause in a franchising agreement: looming risks for franchisors

In midsummer, a new legislative proposal concerning franchising agreements emerged, causing concern for many franchisors. Although some of the most controversial ideas were dropped, the final version of the bill does not seem to recognize the risks involved in limiting the use of non-compete clauses in such agreements.

Competition & Antitrust

Will the President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) provide support in the pursuit of claims for breach of competition law?

Although the Act on Private Enforcement of Competition Law has been in force in Poland for almost six years, cases of this kind are only now gaining momentum. The Polish competition authority recently, somewhat unexpectedly, made a statement that may encourage victims to take legal action.

Competition & Antitrust

The risks connected with shifting the moment an agreement is concluded: why Amazon is facing fines for breaching consumer rights in Poland

The latest enforcement activities of the Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) have proven yet again that UOKiK does not shy away from investigating and bringing charges against the major market players. Last month, the authority announced it was bringing charges against Amazon EU SARL.

Competition & Antitrust

Tip for doing business in Poland – respect consumer protection rules!

When launching a service in a new jurisdiction, it is advisable to double-check compliance with consumer protection rules. Some countries might have a more stringent approach to certain issues than others. This is exactly the case in Poland. The local competition authority (UOKiK) sees consumer protection as a priority, and does not shy away from enforcing the law in cases where – in its opinion – contracting terms do not live up to the expected standard.

Competition & Antitrust

Conditions for respecting warranties under scrutiny by the Polish Competition Authority

Certain motor vehicle importers who trade in well-known models in Poland have changed their approach toward automobile repairs under warranty as a consequence of the activities of the Polish Competition Authority (UOKiK).

Competition & Antitrust

Dominant or not, you need to be super-cautious in the food supply chain!

Competition & Antitrust

Vertical restraints under UOKIK scrutiny