The Turkish Competition Authority fines a consumer electronics company for resale price maintenance in online sales (Sony)

Turkish Competition Authority (“TCA”) published its reasoned decision [1] which concludes the investigation that was initiated on September 7, 2017 regarding the activities of Sony Eurasia Pazarlama A.Ş. (“Sony”). The main focus of the investigation was the allegations with respect to violation of Law no 4054 on the Protection of Competition (“Competition Law”) via certain practices amounting to resale price maintenance (“RPM”). As a result, the TCA determined that Sony violated the Competition Law and imposed an administrative fine of TRY 2,346,618.62 (approx. EUR 388,000). The decision bears significance since it is a clear a deviation from the TCA’s established precedents whereby RPM had been subjected to an effects-based analysis and was not deemed as a violation by object. It should be

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Barış Yüksel, Burak Bugrahan Sezer, Ayberk Kurt, The Turkish Competition Authority fines a consumer electronics company for resale price maintenance in online sales (Sony), 22 November 2018, e-Competitions Bulletin November 2018, Art. N° 90188

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