Topic: Resale price maintenance

Germany settles RPM probe into backpack maker

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has fined a backpack maker approximately €2 million for setting minimum retail prices, a month after the same company was sanctioned in Austria for the same infringement.

17 August 2021

Turkey settles competition probe for first time

The Turkish Competition Authority has settled an antitrust probe for the first time after the regional subsidiary of Philips admitted it restricted online sales and determined the resale prices of its electrical appliances.

10 August 2021

Germany punishes musical instrument makers and retailers

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has fined five musical instrument companies a total of €21 million for vertical and horizontal price fixing, becoming the latest European enforcer to punish such behaviour.

05 August 2021

Austria fines backpack maker for RPM and online sales ban

Austria’s Cartel Court has imposed a fine on a school bag manufacturer for vertical price-fixing policies lasting over seven years as well as restricting its dealers from making online sales.

03 August 2021

France fines eyewear companies €126 million for vertical restraints

Luxottica, Chanel, LMVH and Logo unlawfully restricted how retailers set prices for their branded eyewear products and also banned online sales, France’s Competition Authority has said, although Luxottica is set to pay 99% of the €125.8 million penalties imposed.

22 July 2021

Poland raids cleaning products manufacturer in RPM probe

Poland’s competition authority has raided the Kraków headquarters of cleaning products manufacturer Kärcher as part of a resale price maintenance investigation, one month after France’s Competition Authority dropped a similar probe into the German company.

21 July 2021

French enforcer drops pressure washer RPM probe

France’s Competition Authority has dropped its investigation into a German pressure washer manufacturer after finding no evidence that the company forced its distributors to follow its suggested resale prices.

28 June 2021

China hits pharma company with major fine

China’s competition watchdog has fined a major pharmaceutical group about €97.6 million for fixing the resale price of multiple drugs over a four year period.

28 April 2021

Top Swiss court rules that recommended retail prices are anticompetitive

Switzerland’s highest court has ruled that Pfizer’s recommended price-lists for an erectile dysfunction drug restricted competition, in a decision that local competition lawyers say creates uncertainty about the legality of recommended resale prices.

26 April 2021

CAT rejects instrument maker's appeal against RPM fine

The UK's specialist competition tribunal has dismissed a musical instrument maker's appeal against a resale price maintenance fine that it agreed to pay as part of a settlement with the country’s antitrust enforcer, while upping the penalty because of the appeal.

19 April 2021

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