Competition Act 2002
Enforcement of certain commitments, determinations and orders.
26.—(1) In this section—
“commitment” means an obligation on the part of an undertaking arising by virtue of a proposal put forward by it being the subject of a statement in writing by the Authority such as is mentioned in section 20(3);
“determination” means a determination of the Authority made under section 21 or 22;
(2) It shall be lawful for a court of competent jurisdiction to grant an injunction on the motion of the Authority or of any other person to enforce compliance with the terms of F56[a commitment or a determination], for the time being in force.
(3) Subsection (2) shall not affect any other right of the Authority or other person to bring proceedings (whether civil or criminal) for the enforcement of compliance with the terms of F56[a commitment or a determination].
(4) A person who contravenes (whether by act or omission) a provision of F56[a commitment or a determination] for the time being in force shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable—
(a) on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding €3,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both such fine and such imprisonment, or
(b) on conviction on indictment, to a fine not exceeding €10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to both such fine and such imprisonment.
(5) Every person who aids, abets or assists another person, or conspires with another person, to do anything (whether by way of act or of omission) the doing of which is an offence by virtue of subsection (4) shall himself or herself be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished as if he or she were guilty of the first-mentioned offence.
(6) Where an offence under subsection (4) or (5) which is committed by a body corporate or by a person purporting to act on behalf of a body corporate or an unincorporated body of persons is proved to have been so committed with the consent or connivance of, or to be attributable to any neglect on the part of, any person who is a director, manager, secretary, member of the committee of management or other controlling authority of any such body, or who is any other similar officer of any such body, that person shall also be guilty of an offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished as if he or she was guilty of the first-mentioned offence.
(7) Subsections (4), (5) and (6) operate so that if the contravention concerned continues one or more days after the date of its first occurrence, the person referred to in the subsection concerned is guilty of a separate offence under that subsection for each day that the contravention occurs; but in respect of the second or subsequent offence of which he or she is guilty by reason of that continued contravention, subsection (4) shall have effect as if—
(a) in paragraph (a), “€300” were substituted for “€3,000”, and
(b) in paragraph (b), “€1,000” were substituted for “€10,000”.
(8) Summary proceedings in relation to an offence under this section may be brought by the Authority.
(9) Notwithstanding section 10(4) of the Petty Sessions (Ireland) Act, 1851, summary proceedings for an offence under this section may be instituted within 12 months after the day on which the offence was committed.
F57[(10) The Commission may monitor and review commitments or conditions contained in a determination.]
Deleted (31.10.2014) by Competition and Consumer Protection Act 2014 (29/2014), s. 61(a), S.I. No. 366 of 2014, subject to transitional provisions in s. 6.
Substituted (31.10.2014) by Competition and Consumer Protection Act 2014 (29/2014), s. 61(b)-(d), S.I. No. 366 of 2014, subject to transitional provisions in s. 6.
Inserted (31.10.2014) by Competition and Consumer Protection Act 2014 (29/2014), s. 61(e), S.I. 366 of 2014, subject to transitional provisions in s. 6.