Work Area: Vertical Restraints

Austrian enforcer urges court to fine retailer in RPM case

Austria’s Federal Competition Authority has asked the country's cartel court to fine a school rucksack retailer for resale price maintenance, five months after it fined the manufacturer of the bags for its role in the infringement.

19 January 2022

US agencies tease stronger merger guidelines

The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice’s antitrust division are asking for public input as they write new merger guidelines designed to “strengthen” enforcement.

19 January 2022

Norway settles Delivery Hero abuse of dominance probe

The Norwegian Competition Authority has settled an abuse of dominance probe into Delivery Hero subsidiary Foodora after the food delivery platform agreed to refrain from imposing exclusivity agreements on partner restaurants for the next three years.

18 January 2022

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

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