The Competition Commission of India holds that ‘single malt whiskey’ does not constitute a relevant market and dismisses an allegation of abuse of a dominant position under the Competition Act (Global Traders / William Grant)

Background of the Case Global Tax Free Traders (hereafter ‘Global’) were the exclusive importers and distributors in India of many of William Grant’s Scotch whiskey brands for over seven years. In early 2013, Grant gave notice that it would not renew its contract with Global. Instead, it channelled its imports and sales through its own Indian subsidiary, from which it charged much lower prices as compared to those it had been charging from Global. Global also alleged that even during the contract period, Grant had been channelling its imports through other companies at lower prices. It claimed that this behaviour constituted abuse of Grant’s dominant position, because it involved imposition of “unfair or discriminatory condition or … price in purchase … or sale of goods or service”, which

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Aditya Bhattacharjea, The Competition Commission of India holds that ‘single malt whiskey’ does not constitute a relevant market and dismisses an allegation of abuse of a dominant position under the Competition Act (Global Traders / William Grant), 11 February 2014, e-Competitions Bulletin February 2014, Art. N° 64551

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