Work Area: Vertical Restraints

Spain accepts rare behavioural commitments to close RPM probe

Spain’s competition authority has agreed to close its resale price maintenance probe into a domestic skincare products producer after the company voluntarily offered to set up a new discount policy for its retailers.

05 January 2023

China fines dental implant maker

China’s competition watchdog has fined the local subsidiary of medical device maker Straumann €4.7 million for fixing the resale price of dental implants and punishing distributors that failed to follow the agreement.

04 January 2023

Turkey hits Coca-Cola, Haribo with hub-and-spoke fines

Turkey’s Competition Authority has fined 13 major food and beverage companies over €44 million for both a hub-and-spoke cartel and resale price maintenance, while five supermarket chains escaped penalties under double jeopardy rules.

03 January 2023

Court refuses to dismiss class action challenging real estate commissions

A federal district court has refused to dismiss a class action claim accusing the National Association of Realtors and four real estate brokers of conspiring to inflate commissions paid to realtors in home sales.

20 December 2022

China punishes civil explosives cartel under legacy antitrust law

China’s antitrust agency has penalised three civil explosives manufacturers, an exclusive distributor and a trade association more than €7.1 million for participating in a cartel that included horizontal collusion and resale price maintenance.

20 December 2022

Nevo welcomed as FTC chief economist

Aviv Nevo’s appointment as head of the Federal Trade Commission’s economics department could help the agency adjust its precarious record in litigating mergers, although a lack of new legislation could hamper his effectiveness, antitrust experts have said.

19 December 2022

ECJ should remit skating union ruling, advocate general says

The EU General Court’s finding that a skating union’s policy of banning athletes for competing in unauthorised events infringed competition law is marred by an unclear by-object analysis, an advocate general has said.

15 December 2022

EU urged to open more antitrust probes into territorial restrictions

A trade association that counts Amazon, IKEA and Carrefour as members has asked the European Commission to take “decisive action” against unnamed consumer goods manufacturers for allegedly imposing anticompetitive territorial supply restrictions.

12 December 2022

European Union: Restrictions of Online Sales

Featured in Digital Markets Guide - Second Edition

Through political initiatives like the Digital Single Market, the European Commission seeks to improve access to cross-border e-commerce for consumers and businesses throughout the European Union.

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

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