The EU Commission fines a clothing company for restrictions relating to the online sales activities of its authorized distributors (Guess)

Guess Where Enforcement Stands Post E-Commerce Sector Inquiry?* On December 17, 2018, the European Commission (EC) imposed on the clothing company Guess a hefty penalty of EUR 40 million for allegedly severe restrictions relating to the online sales activities of its authorized distributors. The full text of the Decision was published by the EC on January 25, 2019. While the substance of the Decision does not really bring anything new on the way enforcers have thus far addressed online restraints imposed by brand suppliers, Guess is not devoid of interest – au contraire. Guess not only takes stock of the EC’s findings in the final report of the e-commerce sector inquiry, which the EC released in May 2017, but uniquely aggregates a series of price and non-price online restraints into a

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Yves Botteman, The EU Commission fines a clothing company for restrictions relating to the online sales activities of its authorized distributors (Guess), 25 January 2019, e-Competitions Bulletin January 2019, Art. N° 89277

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