Work Area: Vertical Restraints

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

UK tribunal allows CMA to intervene in private antitrust case for first time

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has provisionally allowed the Competition and Markets Authority to intervene in Epic Games’ lawsuit against Google, marking the first time the enforcer has joined a private antitrust case as an interested third party.

06 December 2021

Germany hits Bose with RPM fine

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has fined audio equipment manufacturer Bose €7 million for forcing retailers to charge set prices for the sale of its speakers and headphones.

02 December 2021

Illumina rival says patent verdict may lead to competition sooner

A jury verdict invalidating one of Illumina’s DNA-sequencing patents may allow a rival to enter the US market at an earlier date, likely influencing ongoing antitrust litigation between both companies and possibly also the Federal Trade Commission's complaint against Illumina's tie-up with Grail.

02 December 2021

ACCC accuses major power tool provider of resale price maintenance

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is seeking fines and an injunction against a major power tool manufacturer for allegedly dictating minimum resale prices to retailers over a six-year period.

25 November 2021

Italy fines Amazon and Apple for anticompetitive agreement

The Italian Competition Authority has imposed more than €200 million in fines on Amazon and Apple for restricting unauthorised third-parties from selling the latter's products on Amazon’s Marketplace platform.

23 November 2021

Indian tribunal stays RPM fine pending full appeal

India’s competition appeals tribunal has agreed to suspend a €24 million fine issued by the country’s antitrust authority against Maruti Suzuki for imposing a maximum discount policy on its dealers.

23 November 2021

Latvian court must reassess vertical restraint case, ECJ rules

The European Court of Justice has told a Latvian court to properly assess the content and objectives of an alleged anticompetitive agreement to determine whether it should be classified as a by-object infringement.

18 November 2021

UK enforcer criticised for lack of econometric analysis in first-ever MFN decision

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority “eroded” the burden of proof and the presumption of innocence in its decision accusing Compare The Market of imposing anticompetitive wide price parity clauses on home insurance providers, the price comparison website’s counsel has argued.

17 November 2021

Italy closes abuse probe due to lack of evidence

The Italian Competition Authority has closed an abuse of dominance investigation into a manufacturer of plastic moulded products and associated machinery after the agency found no evidence of anticompetitive conduct.

17 November 2021

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