The EU Commission fines consumer electronics manufacturers for imposing fixed or minimum resale prices on their online retailers (Asus / Denon / Marantz / Philips / Pioneer)

Recent EU Fines for Resale Price Maintenance Are Symptoms of Broader Challenges Faced by Today’s Consumer-Goods Manufacturers The European Commission (the “Commission”) issued four separate decisions on 24 July 2018, fining consumer electronics manufacturers Asus, Denon & Marantz, Philips and Pioneer a total of €111 million for imposing fixed or minimum resale prices on their online retailers in breach of EU antitrust rules (so-called “resale price maintenance” or “RPM”). The decisions are significant in three respects: They mark the first time the Commission has imposed fines for RPM in 15 years. The last time was in 2003, when the Commission fined a musical instrument manufacturer, Yamaha, €2.56 million for imposing minimum resale prices on authorised dealers under a selective

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Clemens York von Wartenburg, Craig G. Falls, Michael Okkonen, The EU Commission fines consumer electronics manufacturers for imposing fixed or minimum resale prices on their online retailers (Asus / Denon / Marantz / Philips / Pioneer), 24 July 2018, e-Competitions July 2018, Art. N° 88947

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