The Court of Appeal of Eastern Denmark: HMN Naturgas has unlawfully coordinated prices with competitors

The Court of Appeal of Eastern Denmark has found that HMN Naturgas, together with two competitors and an industry association have illegally coordinated prices for service of natural gas furnaces, the illegal coordination having taken place in the Greater Copenhagen area and Central and Northern Jutland.

Confirming the decision of the Danish Competition Council, the Court of Appeal found that the coordination constituted a restriction of competition that falls in the category of “by object”. Therefore, it is considered anti-competitive by its very nature. The Danish Competition Council originally decided upon the case in 2016.