The Italian Competition Authority takes actions to counteract unfair commercial practices exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic

The fact that the Italian Competition Authority (“AGCM”) has taken vigorous action to counteract unfair commercial practices exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic is well known and has already been commented upon. Nonetheless, two specific decisions—Oxystore (PS11732) and Tigershop (PS11736)—highlight a peculiar characteristic of the enforcement stance taken by the AGCM, i.e., its focus on increased prices applied to the sales of COVID-19 related products. Price gouging is also one of the concerns raised by the AGCM in its ongoing investigations of unfair practices against Amazon and eBay in connection with sales of protective medical devices on their marketplaces, as reported by the authority in a press release of March 12. Notably, the common thread in these investigations is that,

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  • Portolano Cavallo (Milan)
  • Portolano Cavallo (Milan)
  • Portolano Cavallo (Milan)

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Donata Cordone, Enzo Marasà, Eugenio Foco, The Italian Competition Authority takes actions to counteract unfair commercial practices exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic, 27 March 2020, e-Competitions March 2020, Art. N° 100215

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