Lithuanian cinemas did operate as cartel, court says

Vilnius Regional Administrative Court has rejected Forum Cinema’s appeal against a ruling by the Competition Council that it had unfairly ruled that the company should be fined €1.4 million for participating in cartel-like behaviour.

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