Online sales ban on golf clubs: the CMA has fined Ping £1.45m

On 24 August 2017, the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) adopted an infringement decision against the Golf club manufacturer Ping Europe Limited (“Ping”) for banning UK retailers from selling its golf clubs online. More precisely, Ping was found to breach Chapter I of the Competition Act 1998 and Article 101 TFEU by preventing two UK…

The European Commission accepts Amazon’s commitments in the e-book case

  The European Commission has rendered legally binding the commitments offered by Amazon in the e-book case. The Commission opened an antitrust investigation in June 2015 to assess whether some clauses included in Amazon’s agreements with publishers for the distribution of English and German language e-books in the European Union complied with competition law. In particular,…

THE AUSTRIAN CARTEL COURT IMPOSES FINES FOR PRICE MAINTENANCE AND OTHER VERTICAL RESTRAINTS

The Austrian Cartel Court fined De’Longhi-Kenwood with EUR 650.000 for fixing prices with retailers, restricting cross-border trade and introducing a full blown online-distribution-prohibition. In the years 2006-2015 staff of De’Longhi-Kenwood observed the market multiple-times during the week and pressured retailers through immediate contacts (via email or telephone conversations) when price-discrepancies from the established minimum-prices were…

THE AUSTRIAN CARTEL COURT IMPOSES SEVERE FINES AGAINST SPAR GROUP FOR PRICE FIXING CONDUCTS

The Austrian Cartel Court held that between July 2002 and December 2013 the companies HOLDAG BeteiligungsgmbH, INTERSPAR GmbH, SPAR HOLDING AG, SPAR Österreichische Warenhandels-AG, Maximarkt Handels-GmbH and LM Beteiligungs GmbH fixed vertical retail prices with various suppliers in regards to various areas of the food retail sector. In particular the practices affected the market segments…

ANTITRUST AUTHORITIES OF ITALY, FRANCE AND SWEDEN ACCEPT BOOKING.COM’S COMMITMENTS

The Italian, French and Swedish Antitrust Authorities, in coordination with the European Commission, have accepted the commitments submitted by Booking.com. The three national watchdogs launched domestic investigations on the online travel agent in 2014, to which followed a market test of the European Commission. The main concern of these investigations were the so-called “parity clauses”…

CALL FOR PAPERS: THE COMPETITION LAW SCHOLARS FORUM (CLASF) – WORKSHOP ON “OBJECT AND/OR EFFECTS IN COMPETITION LAW”

The CLaSF is inviting contributions to its forthcoming workshop on “Object and/or effects in Competition Law”, that will be held at the Lancaster Law School, on Friday 24 April 2015.   Call for Papers The Competition Law Scholars Forum (CLaSF) Invite contributions to the XXIV CLaSF event (www.clasf.org) Clasf Workshop on   “Object and/or effects in Competition Law” Lancaster…