The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal dismisses the appeal brought by a manufacturer of golf equipments on liability of anticompetitive practices but permits a small reduction of fine (Ping)

UK LANDMARK COMPETITION CASE CONDEMNS ABSOLUTE INTERNET SALE BAN AS A SERIOUS BREACH OF COMPETITION LAW* Introduction The Competition Appeal Tribunal (“CAT”) handed down its judgment on 7 September 2018 in relation to an appeal by Ping Europe Limited (“Ping”) challenging the decision of the UK Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) to fine it £1.45 million for breach of the Chapter I prohibition of the Competition Act 1998 and Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) for a blanket ban on internet sales. The CAT dismissed Ping’s appeal on liability but permitted a small reduction in relation to the fine imposed. This is the first time the UK Courts have considered in depth the merits of an absolute internet sales ban and its analysis under UK and EU

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  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (London)

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Robert Bell, The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal dismisses the appeal brought by a manufacturer of golf equipments on liability of anticompetitive practices but permits a small reduction of fine (Ping), 7 September 2018, e-Competitions Bulletin December 2018, Art. N° 88516

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