CCP imposes Rs 1m penalty on paint company for ‘deception’

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The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has issued an order imposing a penalty of Rs 1 million on a paint company, Jotun Pakistan (Pvt) Limited, for violation of Section 10 of the Competition Act, 2010, while promoting its products.

The order was passed by a bench comprising Mueen Batlay, Dr Shahzad Ansar, and Ikram Ul Haque Qureshi, members of the CCP. The CCP initiated an inquiry after receiving complaints from Akzo Nobel Pakistan Limited and Diamond Paint Industries (Pvt) Limited alleging that Jotun was running a deceptive marketing campaign for its paint products in which it claimed to be ‘No 1 Paint’ without having reasonable basis.

The CCP’s inquiry report found that the claim “No 1 Paint” publicised by Jotun in its marketing campaign was prima facie in violation of Section 10 of the Competition Act, 2010. On recommendations of the inquiry report, Jotun was issued show cause notice by the CCP.

In its order, the CCP observed that the claim ‘No 1 in Paints’ lacked reasonable basis and was therefore false and misleading and was capable of harming the business interests of Jotun’s competitors in the market.

In view of the commitment and compliance undertaken by Jotun during the proceedings, the CCP only imposed a penalty of Rs 1,000,000 for the violation, and warned the company that future violations may attract stricter penal consequences. In addition, Jotun has been ordered not to use the claim again in its marketing campaigns.

The CCP’s order stated that deceptive marketing practices had given rise to growing concerns within the field of marketing among the general public, consumer welfare bodies and competition agencies. This, in fact, is the very reason behind the establishment of the office of fair trade within the commission.