Work Area: Vertical Restraints

Google offers commitments to end German probe

Germany’s antitrust watchdog is consulting on commitments offered by Google to end a probe into its online news service, one week after the agency confirmed the company is subject to a host of new competition rules that target especially powerful platforms.

12 January 2022

Portuguese law bans MFNs on booking platforms

Online travel platforms have been banned from using most favoured nation clauses or offering certain below-cost pricing under a new Portuguese law that the country’s antitrust enforcer has criticised as antithetical to EU competition law.

11 January 2022

Guernsey enforcer issues first-ever competition fine

The Guernsey Competition & Regulatory Authority has fined a healthcare provider £1.5 million for imposing non-compete clauses on its consultants, in what is the authority’s first-ever antitrust penalty since it split from the Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authorities in 2020.

07 January 2022

Czech enforcer issues highest-ever RPM fine

The Czech Republic’s antitrust authority has fined a garden equipment supplier nearly €4 million for resale price maintenance, in what is the authority’s highest-ever fine for such conduct.

05 January 2022

DMA sails through EU Parliament

The European Parliament has adopted the Digital Markets Act with several amendments, including a requirement for the European Commission to produce an annual report on the state of the digital economy.

15 December 2021

Italy accepts commitments in publishing probe

Italy’s Competition Authority has closed an investigation into four publishing companies and two industry associations for imposing exclusivity clauses on promoters of books used in schools, but the agency’s probe into a fifth publisher remains open after it rejected remedies.

13 December 2021

Belgian court voids RPM decision

Belgium’s Market Court has annulled the national competition enforcer’s resale price maintenance decision against Caudalie because the authority fined the skincare company while also accepting remedies it proposed in a bid to settle the probe.

07 December 2021

UK tribunal allows CMA to intervene in private antitrust case for first time

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has provisionally allowed the Competition and Markets Authority to intervene in Epic Games’ lawsuit against Google, marking the first time the enforcer has joined a private antitrust case as an interested third party.

06 December 2021

Germany hits Bose with RPM fine

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has fined audio equipment manufacturer Bose €7 million for forcing retailers to charge set prices for the sale of its speakers and headphones.

02 December 2021

Illumina rival says patent verdict may lead to competition sooner

A jury verdict invalidating one of Illumina’s DNA-sequencing patents may allow a rival to enter the US market at an earlier date, likely influencing ongoing antitrust litigation between both companies and possibly also the Federal Trade Commission's complaint against Illumina's tie-up with Grail.

02 December 2021

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