Work Area: Vertical Restraints

Greece raids pasta suppliers, Norway searches finance company

Greece’s antitrust watchdog has raided nine pasta suppliers and retailers over suspected vertical and horizontal anticompetitive agreements, while Norway's competition authority has searched an unnamed company in the finance sector.

17 February 2022

Korea hits ice cream makers with €100 million price fixing fines

Korea’s Fair Trade Commission has fined five confectionary companies nearly €100 million for marking-up the sales price of ice cream products and colluding with distributors to increase delivery fees for retailers.

17 February 2022

EU drafts guidance on dual distribution information exchanges

The European Commission has set out new guidance dealing with information exchange in dual distribution systems, which seemingly backtracks on a controversial proposal to only exempt these exchanges from competition rules when the parties’ market share is less than 10%.

07 February 2022

CMA fines pharma companies for restricting drug supplies

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has fined four pharmaceutical companies and a private equity group more than £35 million for agreeing to limit the supply of an anti-nausea tablet to the National Health Service, causing prices to rise by 700%.

03 February 2022

China reiterates commitment to tackle antitrust issues in pharma sector

China will strengthen enforcement against anticompetitive conduct in the pharmaceutical sector, according to a statement issued by the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

31 January 2022

EU probes Pierre Cardin for online sales restrictions

The European Commission has opened an investigation into a French fashion brand and its largest licensee for allegedly restricting cross-border and online sales.

31 January 2022

Italy recalculates Amazon and Apple fines

Italy’s Competition Authority has slashed fines on Apple and Amazon for an anticompetitive agreement by nearly €30 million after admitting it made a "material error" in the original penalty calculation.

25 January 2022

Poland investigates Kärcher over RPM

Poland’s antitrust enforcer has launched an investigation into a cleaning equipment producer over suspected resale price maintenance, six months after France’s Competition Authority dropped a similar probe into the same company.

25 January 2022

Austrian enforcer urges court to fine retailer in RPM case

Austria’s Federal Competition Authority has asked the country's cartel court to fine a school rucksack retailer for resale price maintenance, five months after it fined the manufacturer of the bags for its role in the infringement.

19 January 2022

US agencies tease stronger merger guidelines

The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice’s antitrust division are asking for public input as they write new merger guidelines designed to “strengthen” enforcement.

19 January 2022

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