Work Area: Vertical Restraints

Visa and MasterCard claims are “fanciful”, retailers tell UK Supreme Court

Retailers have pushed back against Visa’s and MasterCard’s claims that their interchange fees are exempt from competition law, arguing that any purported benefits must go to merchants – not cardholders – to outweigh the fees’ restriction of competition.

22 January 2020

MasterCard: let us “wield a broad axe” to defend conduct

Empirical data should not be required to prove a company’s conduct is exempt from competition law, counsel to MasterCard has argued to the UK Supreme Court.

21 January 2020

Lower court conflated facts with law, Visa tells UK Supreme Court

A UK appeals court was wrong to find that Visa’s and Mastercard’s multilateral interchange fees are anticompetitive, because it ignored evidence that the level of the fees did not affect merchants’ ability to negotiate with banks, Visa’s counsel has argued.

20 January 2020

Greece fines FrieslandCampina €3.3 million

Greece’s competition authority has fined a dairy cooperative €3.3 million for participating in a vertical agreement that fixed resale prices and imposed a non-compete clause on its distributors.

07 January 2020

RPM fine upheld against hair products company

Hair products wholesaler Icon Hairspa violated Denmark’s competition law by demanding that its dealers not sell Kevin Murphy products cheaper than a certain price, an appellate court has ruled.

17 December 2019

South African enforcer orders mobile operators to reduce prices

The Competition Commission of South Africa has given Vodacom and MTN two months to lower their prices for data services, or face excessive pricing charges.

04 December 2019

Info exchange is ambiguous, observers from multiple jurisdictions say

The line between permissible information exchange and collusion is not as clear cut as many businesses and trade associations would prefer, lawyers from Europe, North America and Asia have said.

13 November 2019

UK retailer accuses Nike and Adidas of abuse

Sports Direct has lashed out at Nike and Adidas, alleging they exploit their superior bargaining power to segment the sportswear market and refuse to deal with downstream rivals.

15 October 2019

French enforcer shows commitment to overseas territories

France’s Competition Authority has announced it will send officials to French overseas territories ahead of reviewing the largest-ever merger in the regions, one day after it fined Coty, Procter & Gamble and Chanel over exclusive import agreements with retailers in the same territories.

10 October 2019

CMA accuses another instrument maker of online RPM

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has accused guitar manufacturer Fender Europe of resale price maintenance by restricting online discounts for its guitars, just months after hitting Casio with the agency's highest-ever RPM fine.

08 October 2019

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