The German Federal Cartel Office takes actions against restrictions of sales via online marketplaces (Adidas)

Online marketplaces are Internet platforms that are not operated by a dealer itself, but merely provide the hosting performance for dealers. Germany’s Federal Cartel Office (FCO) has for some time been expressing concerns about the competition law compliance of restrictions of sales via online marketplaces. The concerns primarily relate to distribution agreements of manufacturers of brand products, which often contain clauses that restrict or prohibit the sale of the manufacturer's products via online marketplaces. Well-known manufacturers of sportswear are among the manufacturers that insist on such distribution agreements. Brand manufacturers typically operate selective distribution systems to sell their products. These systems require that the contract goods are sold only to

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Gregor Schroll, The German Federal Cartel Office takes actions against restrictions of sales via online marketplaces (Adidas), 27 June 2014, e-Competitions Bulletin June 2014, Art. N° 70602

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