The US DOJ files the first e-commerce case regarding price fixing (Topkins)

Antitrust Division Files First E-Commerce Case* David Topkins, a former executive at the E-Commerce Merchants Trade Association, an e-commerce seller of posters, prints and framed art, has agreed to plead guilty for conspiring to fix the prices of posters sold online. The one-count felony charge was filed on April 6th in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California in San Francisco. According to the charge, Topkins and his co-conspirators fixed the prices of certain posters sold online through Amazon Marketplace from as early as September 2013 until in or about January 2014. Topkins also has agreed to pay a $20,000 criminal fine and cooperate with the department’s ongoing

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Robert E. Connolly, The US DOJ files the first e-commerce case regarding price fixing (Topkins), 6 April 2015, e-Competitions Bulletin April 2015, Art. N° 73395

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