CCP authorized to proceed with three major cases following court decision.

ISLAMABAD -- The Lahore High Court, Multan Bench, has granted authorization to the Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) to recommence proceedings in three cases involving allegations of Deceptive Marketing Practices.

This decision comes as a result of the court's recognition of the CCP as the primary authority responsible for addressing competition-related matters, affirming its status as the original forum for such issues, said a press release issued here.

The cases originated from enquiries initiated based on formal complaints lodged by three companies including M/s. Ismail Industries, M/s. Hilal Foods, and M/s. English Biscuit Manufacturers against M/s. S.M. Food Makers Limited and M/s. Volka Foods. The complainants accused the latter parties of engaging in deceptive marketing practices, contravening Section 10 of the Competition Act, 2010.

The CCP's investigation concluded that SM Foods and Volka Foods had engaged in the practice of free riding by utilizing trademarks, product labelling, and packaging of the complainants without authorization.

This act of unauthorized usage, prima facie, violated Section 10 of the Act. Subsequently, CCP, relying on the findings and recommendations of the Enquiry Reports, issued Show Cause Notices to S.M. Food Makers Limited and Volka Foods.

Upon receiving the Show Cause Notices, S.M. Food Makers Limited challenged the legality of the notices before the Lahore High Court, Multan Bench Multan. Subsequently, three separate writ petitions were filed by S.M. Food Makers, urging the court to nullify the Show Cause Notices.

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