The German Competition Authority reaches an informal settlement with an online marketplace and closes investigation into the company’s commercial practices (Amazon)

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In July 2019, the German Bundeskartellamt (Federal Cartel Office – “FCO”) reached an informal settlement with Amazon and subsequently closed its investigation into the company’s commercial practices [1] The investigation related to the operation of the so-called “Amazon Marketplace,” its internet sales platform for retailers. Under the settlement, Amazon agreed to modify the contractual terms and trading practices under which it sold other retailers’ products on the Amazon Marketplace. Some have praised the settlement, primarily because it was reached after just seven months of investigation. In addition, the FCO can renew the case if Amazon does not comply with the settlement’s provisions. However, given the limited scope of the settlement, and its apparent non-binding nature (also for

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Phillip Westerhoff, The German Competition Authority reaches an informal settlement with an online marketplace and closes investigation into the company’s commercial practices (Amazon), 17 July 2019, e-Competitions July 2019, Art. N° 96435

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