Work Area: Vertical Restraints

FTC’s amended Facebook suit likely to survive, experts say

The Federal Trade Commission’s amended monopolisation lawsuit against Facebook is likely to survive a motion to dismiss, former US antitrust enforcers have said.

20 August 2021

Dutch authority drops RPM probe despite uptick in vertical enforcement

The Dutch competition authority has closed an investigation into alleged resale price maintenance in the home furnishings sector, in what appears to be the first case to be discontinued in line with the agency’s guidelines on assessing vertical agreements.

18 August 2021

Turkey settles competition probe for first time

The Turkish Competition Authority has settled an antitrust probe for the first time after the regional subsidiary of Philips admitted it restricted online sales and determined the resale prices of its electrical appliances.

10 August 2021

CMA to probe “exploitative” coronavirus testing kit prices

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has agreed to advise the government on whether travellers are being charged excessive prices for covid-19 tests after the health secretary asked it to conduct a “rapid high-level review”.

09 August 2021

Top Indian court blesses Amazon, Flipkart probe

India’s Supreme Court has allowed the Competition Commission of India to proceed with a high-profile antitrust probe into Flipkart and Amazon after rejecting the retailers’ allegations that the investigation is unlawful.

09 August 2021

Austria fines backpack maker for RPM and online sales ban

Austria’s Cartel Court has imposed a fine on a school bag manufacturer for vertical price-fixing policies lasting over seven years as well as restricting its dealers from making online sales.

03 August 2021

Italy rejects taxi cooperative’s justification of non-competes

Italy’s Competition Authority has accused a taxi cooperative of not even attempting to comply with a 2018 decision ordering it to remove non-compete obligations imposed on its drivers.

03 August 2021

UK’s electric car charging study jumpstarts antitrust probe

The UK’s antitrust enforcer is investigating exclusivity agreements between an electric vehicle charging provider and three major UK service station operators, after a market study found a lack of chargepoints may prevent drivers from switching to electric cars.

23 July 2021

France fines eyewear companies €126 million for vertical restraints

Luxottica, Chanel, LMVH and Logo unlawfully restricted how retailers set prices for their branded eyewear products and also banned online sales, France’s Competition Authority has said, although Luxottica is set to pay 99% of the €125.8 million penalties imposed.

22 July 2021

EU closes airline ticket sales MFN probe

The European Commission has dropped its investigation into airline ticket distribution systems Amadeus and Sabre because it could not find enough evidence that the parity clauses they imposed on airlines and travel agents restricted competition.

19 July 2021

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