Case C- 177/16 Autortiesību un komunicēšanās konsultāciju aģentūra—Latvijas Autoru apvienība (excessive pricing)

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ARCHIVE—14/09/2017

Outline National reference from the Latvian Augstākā tiesa (Latvian Supreme Court) to the Court of Justice requesting a preliminary ruling under Article 267 TFEU seeking to clarify the conditions under which the imposition of high prices by a dominant undertaking (within the meaning of Article 102 TFEU) might be construed as 'excessive' and therefore infringe point (a) of the second paragraph of Article 102 TFEU.

Outcome On 14 September 2017, the Court of Justice ruled, amongst other things, that an abuse based on ‘excessive pricing’ may be established where a difference between a scrutinised price and an appropriately chosen market comparator is ‘both significant and persistent’ on the facts. In terms of an appropriate market comparator for carrying out such an assessment, the Court of Justice confirms that a limited neighbouring (Member States) market comparator may be acceptable as long as it and its pricing indices are selected in accordance with ‘objective, appropriate and verifiable criteria and that the comparisons are made on a consistent basis.

This matter has provided the Court of Justice an opportunity to clarify the correct approach to assessing allegedly excessive prices within the meaning of Article 102 TFEU—an area which Advocate General Wahl, in his opinion, acknowledges is exceedingly complex and contentious.

Parties • Biedrība ‘Autortiesību un komunicēšanās konsultāciju aģentūra/Latvijas Autoru apvienība (Copyright and Communication Consulting Agency/Latvian Authors Association