Topic: Resale price maintenance

Austria raids Liebherr over RPM concerns

Austria’s Federal Competition Authority has raided household appliance maker Liebherr Hausgeräte Lienz as part of a resale price maintenance probe.

24 April 2023

Super Bock fails in bid to restart Portuguese class action

A Portuguese court has confirmed the suspension of a class action claim against Super Bock, after the brewing company pushed to have it restarted while simultaneously appealing against an infringement decision on which it is partly based.

24 February 2023

France sends Electrolux SO after decade-long probe

France’s Competition Authority has sent a statement of objections to Electrolux, accusing the company of fixing resale prices and exchanging competitively sensitive information with rivals.

23 February 2023

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

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