Topic: Resale price maintenance

Top French court upholds RPM fine

France’s Court of Cassation has upheld a €1.5 million fine levied by the national competition authority against an association of architects that punished its members if they didn’t charge minimum fees when submitting bids for public tenders.

06 February 2023

Class actions stack up against UK musical instrument makers

A consumer rights advocate has asked the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal to combine standalone and follow-on damages claims against multiple musical instrument manufacturers for alleged resale price maintenance after filing the country’s first proposed RPM collective action last year.

01 February 2023

Poland hits Kärcher with €5.5 million RPM fine

Poland’s competition enforcer has fined a cleaning equipment manufacturer €5.5 million for imposing minimum resale prices on its distributors, in a decision that the leniency applicant is likely to challenge even though it secured a substantial discount on the penalty.

11 January 2023

Czech enforcer issues first penalty for restricting online sales

The Czech Republic’s Office for the Protection of Competition has sanctioned a consumer goods company for fixing online resale prices and blocking retailers from making sales through their websites, marking the first time the watchdog has penalised online sales restrictions.

10 January 2023

Spain accepts rare behavioural commitments to close RPM probe

Spain’s competition authority has agreed to close its resale price maintenance probe into a domestic skincare products producer after the company voluntarily offered to set up a new discount policy for its retailers.

05 January 2023

China fines dental implant maker

China’s competition watchdog has fined the local subsidiary of medical device maker Straumann €4.7 million for fixing the resale price of dental implants and punishing distributors that failed to follow the agreement.

04 January 2023

Turkey hits Coca-Cola, Haribo with hub-and-spoke fines

Turkey’s Competition Authority has fined 13 major food and beverage companies over €44 million for both a hub-and-spoke cartel and resale price maintenance, while five supermarket chains escaped penalties under double jeopardy rules.

03 January 2023

China punishes civil explosives cartel under legacy antitrust law

China’s antitrust agency has penalised three civil explosives manufacturers, an exclusive distributor and a trade association more than €7.1 million for participating in a cartel that included horizontal collusion and resale price maintenance.

20 December 2022

Standalone lingerie RPM claim settled in UK

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has stayed a resale price maintenance dispute between a lingerie retailer and manufacturer after both parties reached a confidential settlement agreement.

31 October 2022

French court cuts record €1.1 billion Apple fine

An appellate court in Paris has slashed a landmark €1.1 billion fine levied against Apple by France’s Competition Authority, reducing the penalty to €371.6 million because the agency used the wrong calculation method and failed to substantiate price-fixing allegations.

07 October 2022

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