Collective interests of consumers, case RPZ 11/2012

July 27th, 2012, Tomasz Rychlicki

The President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection in its decision of 20 June 2012 no. RPZ 11/2012 ruled that the Polish company Creative Team S.A. infringed on collective interests of consumers, by posting in newspaper advertisements that concerned a dedicated interactive game for mobile phones entitled “Tank War”, of information suggesting a possible free use of that game, while free was just sending a text message to a specified number in order to download this application, and using it in a specific mode. The President decided that such actions were inconsistent with the provisions of the Polish Act of 16 February 2007 on Protection of Competition and Consumers – APCC – (in Polish: Ustawa o ochronie konkurencji i konsumentów), published in Journal of Laws (Dziennik Ustaw) No. 50, item 331, with subsequent amendments.

Creative Team S.A. filed an appeal complaint before the Polish Court of Competition and Consumer Protection.