Work Area: Vertical Restraints

Albanian enforcer launches in-depth banking probe

Albania’s antitrust watchdog is investigating the country’s four largest banks, after a preliminary look suggested they may have coordinated rates for loan interest, mortgages and foreign exchange commissions.

05 February 2019

Hong Kong pharma group seeks exemption

The Hong Kong Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry has asked the territory’s competition watchdog to allow it to collect and distribute certain non-price sales data for prescription and over-the-counter products in Hong Kong and Macau.

04 February 2019

Food retailers slapped with fines in Romania

Romania’s Competition Council has fined three retail food chains and four of their suppliers a total of €18.8 million for fixing prices during promotional campaigns.

31 January 2019

Brazil targets Carnival brewers

Brazil’s competition agency is probing exclusivity agreements between local authorities and brewers highlighted by an economic ministry report.

22 January 2019

Indian authority grants interim relief in port probe

As India’s competition authority probes Maersk and DP World for alleged collusion, it has ordered them to retract statements indicating they would not deliver shipping containers to a rival company.

22 January 2019

EU mulls over more pay-TV commitments

Three US film studios have promised not to enforce geoblocking provisions in their contracts with broadcaster Sky UK, in an attempt to end the European Commission’s probe into cross-border restrictions on pay television.

20 December 2018

Clothing brand racks up fine for online restrictions

The European Commission has fined clothing company Guess €39.8 million for online sales and advertising restrictions, but it reduced the overall fine by 50% after the company admitted breaching competition rules.

17 December 2018

EU asks for views on Disney geoblocking proposals

The European Commission is seeking feedback on commitments by Disney to end its allegedly anticompetitive contractual agreements with Sky UK that restrict the cross-border provision of pay-TV within the European Economic Area.

09 November 2018

Airline ticket algorithm probe continues, India’s competition chief says

The investigations arm of India’s competition enforcer will issue a report on the potentially anticompetitive effects of algorithmic airline ticket pricing models, according to remarks by the authority’s top commissioner.

06 November 2018

France tests Coty judgment, hands out €7 million fine

France’s Competition Authority has fined chainsaw manufacturer Stihl €7 million for preventing its distributors from selling certain products online between 2006 and 2017 – marking the enforcer’s first decision on selective distribution in internet sales since the Coty judgment.

24 October 2018

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