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Luxury Brands Can Ban Resale on Third Party Websites Euro Court Judgment

As widely expected, the European Court has followed the opinion of its Advocate General and upheld a clause in a selective distribution agreement for Coty cosmetics which prevents authorised retailers from selling Coty...more

Directors’ Duties in the UK (England and Wales)

A director who breaches the obligations and duties imposed on him by his office may be liable to compensate the company for breach of duty, may incur personal liability for the company’s debts, may also face criminal or civil...more

European Commission Publishes E-commerce Geo-Blocking Inquiry Findings

The European Commission (the executive of the EU) recently published the initial findings of its e-commerce inquiry, an investigative process conducted to determine whether and to what extent competition is being restricted...more

Retail closer than ever to competition authorities’ hearts

Following a number of European Commission sector inquiries (which included investigations into the energy, financial services and pharmaceuticals sectors), the competition authorities at both European and national levels have...more

What discount structures can a dominant firm use? European Court supplies further guidance

The European Court has given further guidance on how to assess the legality of rebates and discounts offered by dominant firms in a case concerning rebates practised by Post Danmark, which at the relevant time enjoyed a...more

EU nears finalisation of new law to promote anti-trust claims

Member States’ ambassadors to the EU, known as the Committee of Permanent Representatives, have endorsed the agreement between the Council Presidency and representatives of the European Parliament on a proposed new EU...more

4/4/2014  /  Competition , EU , EU Directive , Infringement

UK Authorities Set to Exercise New Powers to Compel Witnesses

The UK’s new competition body, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), was officially launched on 1 October 2013. It will acquire most of its substantive powers in April 2014, when it will officially replace the Office...more

UK supermarkets to be subject to fines

The UK government has decided that the proposed Groceries Code Adjudicator ("Adjudicator") will have "more teeth" to protect suppliers from unfair practices by large supermarkets. The Adjudicator will be able to impose fines...more

12/12/2012  /  Competition , Compliance , Retail Market
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