Work Area: Vertical Restraints

European Union: Restrictions of Online Sales

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25 November 2022

Czech enforcer issues more fines for dawn raid obstruction

The Czech Republic’s Office for the Protection of Competition has fined an electronic appliances distributor for obstructing a dawn raid after a company executive refused to hand over his phone and another deleted content from his mobile and laptop.

11 November 2022

EssilorLuxottica eyes appeal against €81 million abuse fine

France’s Competition Authority has levied an €81 million fine on the country's largest contact lens manufacturer for unlawfully restricting online sales of its products.

09 November 2022

EU will not aggressively challenge information exchanges in dual distribution scenarios, official says

Information exchanges between a supplier and its downstream competitors are still assumed to create efficiencies, despite the recent removal of certain safeguards for such behaviour in the EU’s Vertical Block Exemption Regulation, a European Commission official has said.

01 November 2022

Spain probes Booking.com over exclusivity clauses

Spain’s antitrust enforcer is investigating if Booking.com imposed unlawful exclusivity clauses and unfair trading conditions on hotels, joining a long list of competition authorities that have scrutinised the platform’s contractual restrictions.

18 October 2022

KFTC punishes recycling trade association for fixing prices

Korea’s competition watchdog has sanctioned a recycling trade association for dictating what its members could charge for disposing of domestic food waste.

10 October 2022

French court cuts record €1.1 billion Apple fine

An appellate court in Paris has slashed a landmark €1.1 billion fine levied against Apple by France’s Competition Authority, reducing the penalty to €371.6 million because the agency used the wrong calculation method and failed to substantiate price-fixing allegations.

07 October 2022

Canadian court sends Amazon claims to arbitration

Canada’s Federal Court has ordered Amazon purchasers to arbitrate their claims that the online retailer’s “fair pricing” policy amounts to price-fixing.

05 October 2022

Court of Appeal upholds summary judgment denial in UK interchange fee claims

A UK appellate court has rejected an appeal by over 680 merchants seeking summary judgment in their interchange fee claims against Visa and Mastercard, ruling that the country’s specialist competition tribunal did not contradict previous precedent when rejecting the application.

05 October 2022

Italian court annuls €173 million Amazon and Apple fines

An Italian administrative court decision to scrap the national antitrust enforcer’s €173 million combined fine on Amazon and Apple is a sharp reminder for the authority to respect defence rights, local lawyers have said.

04 October 2022

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