The German Competition Authority closes its investigation against a producer of household appliances, without a fine after it agreed to amend its retailer rebate scheme (Liebherr)

On 12 April 2021, the German competition authority ("FCO") closed its investigation against Liebherr, a producer of household appliances, without a fine after Liebherr agreed to abandon or amend certain clauses in its newly introduced distribution model which, in the FCO's view, discriminated against online and hybrid retailers. Key takeaways Brand manufacturers can define quality requirements to be met by retailers. However, brand manufacturers may not discriminate against online and hybrid retailers by imposing (considerably) stricter

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Michael Holzh√§user, Maria Held, The German Competition Authority closes its investigation against a producer of household appliances, without a fine after it agreed to amend its retailer rebate scheme (Liebherr), 12 April 2021, e-Competitions April 2021, Art. N° 100964

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