Work Area: Vertical Restraints

Poland searches surveillance provider accused of RPM

Poland’s competition authority has raided the local subsidiary of video surveillance provider Dahua Technology and three of its distributors as part of a resale price maintenance investigation.

12 October 2021

Chinese enforcer sees red, hits Bull with major fine

China’s competition authority has fined electronic device manufacturer Bull Group €39.5 million for forcing retailers to follow its own set prices, often threatening sellers with sanctions if they failed to comply.

01 October 2021

Netherlands hits Samsung with first-ever vertical restraints fine

The Dutch competition authority has fined Samsung over €39 million for coordinating the prices of its televisions with seven online retailers, marking the first time it has ever fined a company for such behaviour.

29 September 2021

Taiwan fines Delivery Hero subsidiary for vertical restraints

Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission has fined Asia’s largest food and grocery delivery platform for unlawfully dictating the prices charged by partner restaurants and stopping them from developing their own takeaway services.

22 September 2021

Court throws out Vodafone Italia’s margin squeeze fine

An Italian court has quashed the national competition enforcer’s €5.7 million fine to Vodafone Italia for operating a margin squeeze in the bulk text messaging market, two months after overturning another major antitrust ruling against the telecommunications company and its rivals.

17 September 2021

Greek authority continues dawn raids surge

Greece’s Competition Commission has raided several companies in the school equipment market based on concerns they breached resale price maintenance rules, confirming a shift in policy that has seen it increase the number of office inspections it launches.

17 September 2021

Australian bathroom brand confesses to resale price maintenance

Australia’s antitrust enforcer has accepted commitments from a bathroom manufacturer after the company admitted it pressured one of its retailers to adhere to its own prices.

09 September 2021

Argentina hits AB Inbev subsidiary with maximum abuse fine

Argentina’s competition enforcer has fined an Anheuser-Busch Inbev subsidiary €1.3 million as part of its first-ever decision to penalise exclusivity provisions created through the use of loyalty discounts.

06 September 2021

Russia targets Apple’s anti-steering provisions

Apple has one month to remove allegedly anticompetitive clauses from contracts with application developers in Russia to avoid a full-scale investigation by the country’s antitrust enforcer.

31 August 2021

FTC: Illumina/Grail the equivalent of pursuing a single covid-19 vaccine

Illumina’s recently-closed acquisition of Grail risks eliminating all competition for developing a blood test to screen for more than 50 types of cancers, the Federal Trade Commission has argued.

25 August 2021

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