Topic: Most favoured nation

FCA study contradicts CMA price parity decision, CompareTheMarket says

A market study by the UK’s financial services regulator undermines the theory of harm relied on by the country’s antitrust enforcer when it fined CompareTheMarket for using apparently anticompetitive price parity clauses, the company has told the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal.

20 July 2021

EU closes airline ticket sales MFN probe

The European Commission has dropped its investigation into airline ticket distribution systems Amadeus and Sabre because it could not find enough evidence that the parity clauses they imposed on airlines and travel agents restricted competition.

19 July 2021

DC attorney general claims Amazon set illegal price floor

The attorney general of Washington, DC, has accused Amazon of abusing its monopoly power by illegally restricting competition for products sold online.

26 May 2021

German enforcer wins Booking.com appeal

Germany’s highest court has reinstated the Federal Cartel Office’s ruling that Booking.com’s narrow price parity clauses infringed competition rules.

18 May 2021

Korea orders booking platforms to scrap MFNs

Korea’s competition watchdog has ordered five online travel agencies – including Booking.com and Expedia – to remove clauses with accommodation providers that forced them to offer the same room rates on all booking platforms and their own websites.

16 March 2021

Booking.com must drop price parity clauses in Russia

Russia’s competition authority has said it will order Booking.com to remove all price parity clauses from its contracts with hotels because they restrict competition between accommodation providers.

04 January 2021

Booking.com offers commitments to end Israeli probe

Booking.com has agreed to remove all most-favoured-nation clauses from its contacts with hotels in Israel, following an investigation by the country’s antitrust watchdog.

26 November 2020

CMA issues first-ever price parity clauses fine

The UK’s antitrust enforcer has fined one of the country’s biggest price comparison platforms £17.9 million for using most-favoured-nation clauses that banned home insurers from offering lower prices on rival websites.

19 November 2020

Russia sends second warning to Booking.com

Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service has given Booking.com one month to remove narrow most-favoured-nation clauses from its contracts with domestic accommodation providers.

22 September 2020

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