The COVID-19 outbreak is impacting the enforcement of antitrust and consumer protection rules in Italy and across the EU. Most affected rules range from those on State aid to control of concentrations, and those regarding anticompetitive agreements, abuse of dominance and unfair commercial practices.
À la suite de la 18e session de la Conférence des Parties à la CITES («CdP18») d’août dernier, le 26 novembre 2019, de nouvelles annexes et de nouvelles suites de résolutions et décisions sont entrées en vigueur.
Yesterday the European Commission imposed fines for EUR 111 million in aggregate to four consumer electronics manufacturers for fixing distributors’ resale prices of their products on the internet, a commercial practice commonly referred to as Resale Price Maintenance (or RPM). RPM is a conduct by which suppliers restrict, contractually or through other behavior, the ability of retailers to freely set the resale price of the supplied products.
On 20 December 2017, the Italian Competition Authority (or “ICA”) issued a rare infringement decision in an abuse of dominance investigation against the publisher of a local daily newspaper (“SIE”), which refused to deal with a player (the “complainant” or “Euregio”) in the downstream local market for daily media intelligence services.
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On 18 April 2017, the Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (the Italian Communications Authority – AGCOM) issued a decision by which – for the first time ever – it has applied the ban set forth in Article 43, paragraph 11, of the Italian Code on Audiovisual Media Services (CAMS)
This article was first published on Law360 on May 15th, 2017. Download the full PDF here. PART I U.S.-based manufacturers of branded goods who wish to distribute them across the EU may face compelling legal challenges in protecting their ability…