Crehan v Inntrepreneur Pub Company (Cpc), Brewman Group Limited: ChD 26 Jun 2003

The landlord had signed agreements tieing him to sales of beers. After falling into debt, he challnged the prices he had been obliged to pay as contravening the Treaty. The European Court had held that there was a possible claim under the Treaty.
Held: The UK market in beer did not operate to exclude competition from those who wished to enter the market or increase their market share, and so the claim failed the first test set by the European Court. The fact that the comeptition within the UK between suppliers was vigorous did not however determine the issue where the proportion of tied houses was so high as to prevent newcomers getting a foothold in the market..
The Hon Mr Justice Park
[2003] EWHC 1510 (Ch), Gazette 10-Jul-2003, Times 13-Aug-2003, Gazette 04-Sep-2003, [2003] EuLR 663
Bailii
EC Treaty 81
England and Wales
Citing:
Remitted fromCourage Ltd and Crehan v Crehan and Courage Ltd and Others ECJ 20-Sep-2001
The company had leased a public house to the respondent. The lease was subject to a tie, under which the respondent had to purchase supplies from the company. The company came to sue for the price of beer supplied. The respondent asserted that the . .
CitedCrehan v Inntrepreneur Pub Company (CPC) CA 21-May-2004
The claimant had taken two leases, but had been made subject to beer ties with the defendant. He claimed damages for the losses, saying he had been forced to pay higher prices than those allowed to non-tied houses, and that the agreement was . .
See AlsoCourage Limited v Crehan ChD 25-Nov-1998
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See AlsoCrehan v Courage Limited and Byrne and Inntrepreneur Beer Supply Co Ltd and Langton v Inntrepreneur Beer Supply Co Ltd CA 27-May-1999
The court considered the validity of beer ties affecting public houses. . .
See AlsoCourage Ltd v Crehan; The Inntrepreneur Beer Supply Co Ltd v Byrne; Same v Langton; Greenalls Management Ltd v Smith; Walker Cain Ltd v McCaughey CA 14-Jun-1999
There is not to be read into a beer tie term any implied provision that the beer to be supplied under the term was to be supplied at any kind of advantageous price. A tenant seeking damages for failure to supply under such a term was not entitled to . .
See AlsoCourage Ltd v Crehan CA 12-Nov-2001
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Cited by:
Remitted toCourage Ltd and Crehan v Crehan and Courage Ltd and Others ECJ 20-Sep-2001
The company had leased a public house to the respondent. The lease was subject to a tie, under which the respondent had to purchase supplies from the company. The company came to sue for the price of beer supplied. The respondent asserted that the . .
Appeal fromCrehan v Inntrepreneur Pub Company (CPC) CA 21-May-2004
The claimant had taken two leases, but had been made subject to beer ties with the defendant. He claimed damages for the losses, saying he had been forced to pay higher prices than those allowed to non-tied houses, and that the agreement was . .
At First InstanceInntrepreneur Pub Company (CPC) and others v Crehan HL 19-Jul-2006
The tenant had taken on pub leases with ties requiring him to buy beer from companies associated with the landlords. The European Commission had issued a decision and the House was asked whether this was binding on the parties.
Held: . .

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