Work Area: Vertical Restraints

Document production from DOJ and states moving far too slow, Google says

Google has expressed displeasure with the pace at which the Department of Justice and state attorneys general are producing evidence from third parties in their consolidated monopolisation cases.

22 January 2021

EU fines gaming companies for geo-blocking agreements

The European Commission has fined Valve – owner of one of the world’s largest video gaming platforms – and five gaming publishers €7.8 million for preventing European consumers from purchasing video games in certain member states.

20 January 2021

Booking.com must drop price parity clauses in Russia

Russia’s competition authority has said it will order Booking.com to remove all price parity clauses from its contracts with hotels because they restrict competition between accommodation providers.

04 January 2021

Repsol fined again for non-compliance in Spain

Spain’s competition enforcer has fined Repsol €5 million for failing to comply with two decisions that ordered it to remove anticompetitive clauses from its agreements with petrol stations that set fuel prices.

18 December 2020

Google lawsuits pile up as 38 state AGs add to DOJ’s claims

A bipartisan group of US states and territories have alleged that Google illegally sought to maintain a monopoly over general search services, expanding upon a similar lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice in October.

18 December 2020

Portuguese brewer faces €400 million antitrust damages claim

A consumer protection group has filed Portugal’s second-ever opt-out competition damages class action claim, seeking up to €400 million from brewing company Super Bock for imposing minimum resale prices on wholesalers and retailers

16 December 2020

Belgian enforcer says skincare company imposed minimum resale prices

The Belgian Competition Authority’s investigative arm has concluded that French skincare company Caudalie unlawfully set minimum resale prices for its cosmetics distributors.

26 November 2020

Luxembourg issues highest-ever fine in first RPM sanction

Luxembourg’s Competition Council has fined a biscuit supplier and three supermarkets a total of €3.3 million for fixing resale prices over five years.

23 November 2020

CMA issues first-ever price parity clauses fine

The UK’s antitrust enforcer has fined one of the country’s biggest price comparison platforms £17.9 million for using most-favoured-nation clauses that banned home insurers from offering lower prices on rival websites.

19 November 2020

Poland fines Yamaha for RPM

Poland’s competition authority has fined Yamaha for imposing minimum resale prices for music equipment on national online distributors for 13 years.

05 November 2020

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