District Court of Rotterdam rules in cases concerning fines for kitchen dealers
On 24 September 2020, the District Court of Rotterdam ruled on appeal in the cases of kitchen dealers Keukencentrum Mandemakers, Brugman Keukens en Badkamers, and Keukenconcurrent.
In 2019, ACM imposed fines on these three kitchen dealers for using misleading practices when selling kitchens at multi-day consumer events.
According to the District Court, ACM correctly established that these three kitchen dealers had violated the law. The kitchen dealers had consumers fill out and sign forms at consumer events so they could secure a discount. The completed forms looked so much like purchase agreements that these could have been misleading to consumers. After all, they might have gotten the impression that they had unintentionally entered into a purchase agreement. That is considered a misleading practice.
The District Court further rules that the fines imposed by ACM were not unreasonable. This means that the District Court upholds the decisions and the fines imposed by ACM.
Parties still have the opportunity to file an appeal with a higher court.