Work Area: Vertical Restraints

FTC: Ninth Circuit’s Qualcomm mistakes threaten antitrust law

The Federal Trade Commission has asked that the full US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rehear its monopolisation case against Qualcomm, arguing that a three-judge panel on the court failed to grasp basic principles of antitrust law in its August ruling.

28 September 2020

Dutch enforcer raids home furnishing companies

The Dutch competition watchdog has raided several unnamed companies in the home furnishings sector over suspected horizontal price fixing and resale price maintenance, in its first inspection since suspending office searches in March.

18 September 2020

EU confirms plans to update VBER

The European Commission has said its vertical block exemption regulation is no longer fit for purpose due to the growth of e-commerce and online platforms, but lawyers believe any radical change is unlikely.

08 September 2020

Mexico probes digital ad market

Mexico’s competition watchdog has launched an abuse of dominance investigation into the digital advertising services market to determine whether market participants are complying with competition rules.

25 August 2020

Rare standalone RPM claim filed in UK tribunal

A specialty footwear retailer has filed a standalone damages claim in the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal, claiming loss for a distributor's alleged setting of minimum resale prices.

19 August 2020

Ninth Circuit provides Qualcomm resounding reversal

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has reversed a lower court’s finding that Qualcomm’s licensing practices violated federal antitrust law.

12 August 2020

China mulls probe into WeChat Pay and Alipay

China’s antitrust enforcer is reportedly preparing an investigation into the country’s most widely used mobile payment platforms, following a complaint by the central bank.

31 July 2020

Swiss authority lifts watchmaker delivery obligation

Switzerland’s Competition Commission has lifted interim measures that required a Swatch subsidiary to supply customers with watch parts, finding that competitors have entered the market since the obligation was imposed.

15 July 2020

Sweden ends e-commerce probe with rare settlement

The Swedish Competition Authority has fined two furniture retailers for allegedly sharing online pricing information, in the enforcer’s first known settlement of a probe examining unlawful information exchanges relating to online sales.

13 July 2020

CMA fines musical instrument makers

The UK’s competition watchdog has fined two musical instrument suppliers and an online retailer a total of £5.75 million for resale price maintenance, using its findings to develop a new online price monitoring tool.

29 June 2020

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