Topic: Exclusivity clauses

China slaps €460 million fine on food delivery platform

China’s competition enforcer has issued leading food delivery platform Meituan with its second-highest fine on record for forcing merchants to exclusively use its platform and pay a fee to do so.

08 October 2021

Turkey accepts commitments in Coca-Cola distributor exclusivity probe

The Turkish Competition Authority has dropped its abuse of dominance investigation into a Coca-Cola distributor after the company agreed to separate its beverage contracts by drink type and limit agreements with retailers to two years.

09 September 2021

Gown supplier must respond to fraudulent misrepresentation allegations, UK tribunal says

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has ordered an academic dress supplier seeking antitrust damages from a rival corporate group to respond to allegations that its standalone claim cannot proceed because it fraudulently misled customers about its own gowns.

08 September 2021

Argentina hits AB Inbev subsidiary with maximum abuse fine

Argentina’s competition enforcer has fined an Anheuser-Busch Inbev subsidiary €1.3 million as part of its first-ever decision to penalise exclusivity provisions created through the use of loyalty discounts.

06 September 2021

Health First to face monopolisation claims

Florida-based Health First must face allegations it illegally monopolised the market for short-term hospital care in Brevard County, a federal district court has ruled.

16 August 2021

Spain accuses Telefónica of violating merger conditions

Spain’s antitrust enforcer has accused Telefónica of violating the conditions of a 2015 merger agreement by entering into an exclusive streaming deal and preventing mobile customers from switching service providers.

13 August 2021

FTC encourages Federal Reserve to adopt new debit card rules

The Federal Trade Commission has urged the US Federal Reserve Board to adopt a rule that would prohibit Visa and MasterCard from incentivising debit card issuers to exclusively use their network.

13 August 2021

UK payment provider offers commitments to energy regulator in abuse probe

PayPoint says it will remove exclusivity clauses in its contracts with energy suppliers and retailers as well as donate over £12 million to charity to settle an abuse of dominance investigation by the UK's energy regulator.

11 August 2021

Italy probes McDonald’s over franchise contracts

Italy’s Competition Authority is reportedly investigating whether McDonald’s has imposed anticompetitive clauses in its agreements with franchise operators that dictate certain business conditions.

10 August 2021

Top Indian court blesses Amazon, Flipkart probe

India’s Supreme Court has allowed the Competition Commission of India to proceed with a high-profile antitrust probe into Flipkart and Amazon after rejecting the retailers’ allegations that the investigation is unlawful.

09 August 2021

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