Work Area: Vertical Restraints

France accepts commitments from supermarkets

France’s Competition Authority has accepted commitments from four major supermarkets to limit a joint-purchasing agreement, in a decision that marks the first time the enforcer has used its powers to intervene in joint alliances in the food retail sector.

23 October 2020

ACCC seeks resale price maintenance injunction

Australia’s competition watchdog has asked a court to impose fines and issue an injunction against a sporting goods wholesaler for alleged resale price maintenance after previously warning the company to cease its conduct on three separate occasions.

14 October 2020

Grab fine annulled in Indonesia

An Indonesian court has quashed the national competition enforcer’s decision to levy a 30 billion rupiah (€1.8 million) fine on Grab for illegally prioritising drivers that worked with its local business partner – but the authority has already vowed to appeal.

02 October 2020

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

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