Work Area: Vertical Restraints

Hong Kong poised to accept commitments in car distributors warranty probe

Hong Kong’s Competition Commission has proposed accepting commitments offered by seven car distributors to remove warranty restrictions that force customers to carry out maintenance and repair services at authorised centres.

01 August 2022

Greece confirms first vertical restraints settlements

Greece’s Competition Commission has settled vertical restraints cases for the first time after four garden tool importers and distributors admitted to separately setting minimum resale prices for up to six years.

25 July 2022

Ban on third-party competitions protected speed skating from becoming a “betting spectacle”, governing body tells ECJ

A judge at the European Court of Justice has grilled the International Skating Union on whether its purported intent to prevent betting in speed skating is sufficiently “at the heart of the sport”, as the association sought to justify its restrictions on third-party events.

13 July 2022

Fender hit with first UK RPM class action

A consumer rights advocate has filed the UK’s first proposed collective action seeking damages for alleged resale price maintenance, with a claim against Fender that follows on from the instrument maker’s £4.5 million fine from the country’s antitrust enforcer.

06 July 2022

Denmark seeks first fines since competition law amendment

Denmark’s antitrust watchdog has asked a local court to fine a home textiles supply association for entering into a market-sharing agreement with its member retail stores, which marks the first time the enforcer is using its new sanctioning procedure.

04 July 2022

Romania amends competition law to tackle unjustified price hikes

The Romanian government has adopted emergency legislation that empowers the national antitrust authority to investigate unjustified price hikes and abuses of superior bargaining position under its competition law for the first time.

01 July 2022

Ecuador hits Odebrecht with first antitrust fine for bribing officials to win tenders

Ecuador’s antitrust watchdog has fined Odebrecht and a state-owned electricity distributor a combined €55 million after the former bribed government officials to ensure it won tenders for construction and repair work, marking the first time the agency has punished a contractor and a contractee for bid-rigging.

24 June 2022

European Union: Updated rules on vertical agreements

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24 June 2022

ALJ asks if FTC is trying to slow down Grail

The administrative law judge overseeing the Federal Trade Commission’s challenge to Illumina/Grail has questioned if the government is looking to stymie Grail and allow other cancer-screening tests to reach the market.

09 June 2022

Lithuanian court overturns basketball league sanctions for wage-fixing

An administrative court in Lithuania has annulled a decision by the national competition enforcer to sanction the country’s top professional basketball league and its member clubs for colluding to restrict players’ salaries after a season was cancelled over covid-19 concerns.

08 June 2022

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