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FIRST NORWEGIAN JUDGMENT APPLYING THE COMPETITION ACT IN A DISPUTE BETWEEN PRIVATE PARTIES

May 2009 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by Wikborg Rein.

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On 17 March 2009, a Norwegian High Court held that a non-compete clause in an agreement regarding quarrying rights was contrary to the prohibition against anti-competitive agreements. The High Court held that the non-compete clause had the object of restricting competition and consequently was void. This is the first court case in which Norway’s 2004 Competition Act has been applied in a dispute between two private parties.

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