The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal confirms the Competition Authority’s settlement policy following the appeal of a musical instrument company (Roland)

Roland UK ("Roland") appealed the level of the penalty imposed by the Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") for engaging in resale price maintenance ("RPM") in relation to the supply of electronic drums. Roland argued that the Competition Appeal Tribunal ("CAT") should reduce the penalty for the following reasons: (1) the CMA had overstated the seriousness of RPM; and (2) the 20% reduction in penalty given by the CMA pursuant to the leniency programme was inadequate. The CAT dismissed the appeal, and granted the CMA's application to increase the fine by revoking the 20% discount that the CMA granted to Roland under its settlement procedure. Key takeaways The CMA enjoys a wide discretion when setting the leniency discount for 'Type B' applicants (i.e. the first applicant in a

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Duncan Liddell, Neil Cuninghame, Edward McNeill, The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal confirms the Competition Authority’s settlement policy following the appeal of a musical instrument company (Roland), 19 April 2021, e-Competitions June 2021, Art. N° 100716

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