November 1997

Anticompetitive practices

The Hungarian Competition Authority finds recommended price compatible with competition law (Opel)
Oppenheim (Budapest)
Oppenheim (Budapest)
Description of the impugned case Opel Southeast Europe Kft. (the exclusive importer and wholesaler of Opel branded vehicles in Hungary) concluded vehicle distribution agreements with its partners. According to the agreement, Opel had the right to recommend the resale price of the vehicles sold (...)

The Italian Competition Authority assesses a de minimis franchising contract (Il Tucano Franchising)
Ashurst (Brussels)
Alcon (Milan)
Iliad (Milano)
Background On 13 November 1997 the ICA issued its first decision regarding the compatibility of a franchise contract with the prohibition of anticompetitive agreements. The agreement which was assessed by the ICA regarded the franchising network set up by Il Tucano Franchising for the retail (...)

The US Supreme Court overrules 30-year old precedent and declares maximum resale price maintenance agreements should be reviewed under the rule of reason in a case against a gasoline wholesaler (State Oil / Khan)
Greenberg Traurig (Dallas)
Baker Botts (Washington)
Three years ago this summer, the U.S. Supreme Court abandoned the 100 year-old Dr. Miles doctrine that established a rule of per se illegality for minimum resale price maintenance (RPM) agreements in favor of the more lenient “rule of reason” test. Leegin Creative Leather Products, Inc. v. PSKS, (...)

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