On 21 January 2020, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales handed down a judgment dismissing the appeal by Ping Europe Limited ("Ping") against a judgment of the Competition Appeal Tribunal ("CAT"), upholding the CMA's 2017 decision that Ping's online sales ban constituted a restriction of competition by object under the Chapter I Competition Act 1998 prohibition and Article 101 TFEU. The Court of Appeal confirmed that case law and decisional practice shows that the imposition by a supplier of a prohibition on internet sales by authorised dealers in a selective distribution network reveals a sufficient degree of harm to competition and is a restriction "by object". The CAT's imposed penalty of GBP 1.25 million was also upheld. The Court of Appeal's judgment confirms that an absolute
The UK Court of Appeal upholds the Competition Authority’s decision finding that a golf equipment supplier acted illegally by banning online sales of its products (Ping)
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