Work Area: Vertical Restraints

Google lawsuits pile up as 38 state AGs add to DOJ’s claims

A bipartisan group of US states and territories have alleged that Google illegally sought to maintain a monopoly over general search services, expanding upon a similar lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice in October.

18 December 2020

Portuguese brewer faces €400 million antitrust damages claim

A consumer protection group has filed Portugal’s second-ever opt-out competition damages class action claim, seeking up to €400 million from brewing company Super Bock for imposing minimum resale prices on wholesalers and retailers

16 December 2020

Belgian enforcer says skincare company imposed minimum resale prices

The Belgian Competition Authority’s investigative arm has concluded that French skincare company Caudalie unlawfully set minimum resale prices for its cosmetics distributors.

26 November 2020

Luxembourg issues highest-ever fine in first RPM sanction

Luxembourg’s Competition Council has fined a biscuit supplier and three supermarkets a total of €3.3 million for fixing resale prices over five years.

23 November 2020

CMA issues first-ever price parity clauses fine

The UK’s antitrust enforcer has fined one of the country’s biggest price comparison platforms £17.9 million for using most-favoured-nation clauses that banned home insurers from offering lower prices on rival websites.

19 November 2020

Poland fines Yamaha for RPM

Poland’s competition authority has fined Yamaha for imposing minimum resale prices for music equipment on national online distributors for 13 years.

05 November 2020

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

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