Work Area: Vertical Restraints

Korea concludes RPM case with corrective order

Korea’s competition watchdog has ordered a domestic pharmaceutical company to stop setting minimum resale prices for pet food and medicines, following a trend of remedying the conduct without issuing fines.

09 May 2023

Energizer, Walmart accused of fixing battery prices

Energizer and Walmart orchestrated an illegal scheme to inflate prices for disposable batteries, two groups of consumers and a rival retailer have alleged.

02 May 2023

Austria raids Liebherr over RPM concerns

Austria’s Federal Competition Authority has raided household appliance maker Liebherr Hausgeräte Lienz as part of a resale price maintenance probe.

24 April 2023

EU extends motor vehicle block exemption

The European Commission has extended provisions exempting certain motor vehicle companies from antitrust rules for a further five years.

18 April 2023

Amazon misled enforcers about pricing parity policy, California says

Amazon still forces third-party sellers to offer their products at the lowest price on its platform and the company recognises this policy leads to higher prices, the state of California has said in newly-unredacted claims.

18 April 2023

FTC reverses ALJ on Illumina/Grail

The Federal Trade Commission’s internal tribunal risked immunising vertical acquisitions by monopolies when it blessed Illumina/Grail, the agency has said in ordering the companies to undo the merger.

04 April 2023

DOJ settles with Activision over gamer salary limitations

Activision Blizzard illegally depressed the wages of professional video game players by punishing teams that exceeded the spending limits it imposed on its leagues, the Department of Justice has said.

04 April 2023

Amazon loses second bid to dismiss consumers’ pricing parity lawsuit

A Washington federal judge has again refused to throw out consumers’ allegations that Amazon monopolised the e-commerce retail market and restrained third-party sellers from offering lower prices elsewhere.

28 March 2023

Amazon likely to face California’s pricing parity claims

The State of California has adequately alleged that Amazon’s parity provisions resulted in higher prices on its own marketplace and competing e-commerce platforms, a state court has ruled.

16 March 2023

DOJ’s Google ad tech case may proceed in “Rocket Docket”

A Virginia federal court has rejected Google’s request to transfer the US Department of Justice’s monopolisation lawsuit to New York, while signalling the case will move much faster than the litigating parties had hoped.

10 March 2023

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