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Law No. 25.156 of August 25, 1999, on Protection of Competition (as last amended by Decree No. 396/2001 of April 1, 2001)

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Argentina

Year of current version:1999
Date of last amendment:April 1, 2001
Date of entry into force of original text:September 28, 1999
Date of Text (Enacted):August 25, 1999
Type of Text:IP-related Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Competition, Other, Trademarks
Notes:
This Law guarantees the proper functioning of the markets, ensures free competition and sanctions behaviors that limit, restrict or distort competition or that constitute abuse of market position in a way that could adversely affect the general economic interest.

Article 2 names some of the behaviors that constitute practices restricting competition.
Among practices restricting competition, Article 2(m) speaks of the illegal transfer of goods or supply of services at prices below their cost, for the purpose of displacing competition in the market or for causing harm to the image, patrimony, or value of the trademarks associated with the suppliers of those goods or services.

Article 2 of the Civil Code stipulates: “Laws shall not be binding until after their publication, and as of the stated day. If no day is stated, they shall be binding eight days following their official publication.”
This Law was published in the Official Gazette on September 20, 1999 (B.O. 20/09/99), with no specific date of entry into force; based on Article 2 of the Civil Code it entered into force eight days after its publication.
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Ley N° 25.156 de 25 de agosto de 1999 de Defensa de la Competencia (modificada en último lugar por Decreto Nº 396/2001) Ley N° 25.156 de 25 de agosto de 1999 de Defensa de la Competencia (modificada en último lugar por Decreto Nº 396/2001), Complete document (pdf) [286 KB] Ley N° 25.156 de 25 de agosto de 1999 de Defensa de la Competencia (modificada en último lugar por Decreto Nº 396/2001), Complete document (htm) [112 KB] (Version with Automatic Translation Tool)

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