Work Area: Vertical Restraints

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

CAT orders UK enforcer to rethink approach to confidentiality in antitrust appeals

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority must significantly curtail its “broad-brush” granting of confidentiality to third party witnesses once its decisions are challenged in court, the UK’s specialist competition tribunal has ruled.

09 November 2021

France fines video surveillance companies for vertical restraints

France’s Competition Authority has fined video surveillance manufacturer Mobotix and three of its wholesalers nearly €1.4 million for agreeing to fix prices and restrict online sales, although the manufacturer has vowed to challenge the decision.

09 November 2021

Chief economist defends CMA’s evidence-gathering before UK tribunal

Compare The Market’s counsel has accused the UK antitrust enforcer’s chief economist of gathering “bad evidence” during the agency’s probe into the price comparison website’s use of wide most-favoured-nation clauses.

09 November 2021

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