Work Area: Vertical Restraints

Australian ice cream company fined €8.2 million for exclusive dealing

One of Australia’s largest ice cream makers has agreed to pay a fine of €8.2 million after admitting that its five-year exclusive dealing arrangement with a major food distributor breached competition rules.

25 March 2022

CMA issues second RPM fine in lighting sector

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has fined a lighting supplier £1.5 million for restricting online discounts after receiving two formal warning letters about its conduct, marking the agency’s second resale price maintenance fine in the sector in recent years.

24 March 2022

Pakistan fines appliance manufacturers for RPM

The Competition Commission of Pakistan has fined a pair of electronic appliance manufacturers €5.6 million for punishing dealers that sold their products below set prices.

15 March 2022

Greece punishes elevator association for wage-fixing

Greece’s antitrust authority has imposed behavioural remedies on an elevator maintenance and installation trade association for setting minimum wages, six weeks after fining another association in the sector for the same conduct.

07 March 2022

CAT lifts stay on interchange fee claims

The UK’s specialist competition tribunal has revived claims in the sprawling interchange fee litigation relating to alleged abuse of dominance and Visa’s anti-steering rules, while ordering the parties to prepare detailed submissions on a method for determining pass-on.

02 March 2022

UK tribunal suggests pass-on is common issue in interchange fee litigation

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has proposed a novel trial procedure to resolve the nearly 1,000 interchange fee claims currently before it, recommending that pass-on be tried as a “generic issue” as opposed to one that is specific to each claimant.

01 March 2022

China hits Swiss pharma company with RPM fine

China’s antitrust authority has fined the local subsidiary of Swiss pharmaceutical company Geistlich Pharma €1.3 million for dictating resale prices for a pair of products used in dental implants over a 12-year period.

01 March 2022

UK tribunal limits third party confidentiality claims in Compare The Market appeal

The UK’s specialist competition tribunal has refused to protect the identities of third parties that spoke to the Competition and Markets Authority during its investigation into Compare The Market’s most favoured nation clauses.

25 February 2022

UK consults on new vertical block exemption rules

The UK government has proposed excluding wide price parity clauses from its tailored block exemption regulation relating to vertical agreements, while adding certain new exemptions for agreements that would generally be considered anticompetitive.

22 February 2022

Greece raids cosmetics company

Greece’s Competition Commission has searched the offices of an unnamed company in the cosmetics sector based on concerns it may have imposed vertical restraints on distributors.

21 February 2022

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