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Obstructing the participation of brands in the lens industry

By Vera Abogados - 15/01/2020
Obstructing the participation of brands in the lens industry

The Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (SIC) of Colombia sanctioned the Colombian Federation of Optometrists (Fedopto) for unfair competition, as announced through a resolution dated on December 12, 2020.

According to the document, Fedopto entered into “illegal practices to exclude and obstruct the participation of certain brands in the contact lens industry”. One of the companies is, which sells its products online and claims that since 2014 it has been affected by the Fedopto maneuvers.

According to co-founder and CEO, Jaime Oriol, Fedopto members carried out a smear campaign against the company, since they lowered prices by commercializing contact lenses online, outside of the traditional sales channels. In a lawsuit, claimed that Fedopto allied with distributors and opticians to decrease the selling of their products. 

By Vera Abogados - 15/01/2020
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