The UK Court of Appeal rules on discussions on vertical basis and restricts the CAT’s test (Argos and Littlewood - JJB Sports)

Judgment on liability On 30 July 2003, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (“CAT”) handed down its judgment in the Argos and Littlewoods case (hereafter Hasbro) remitting the decision under appeal back to the OFT. On 21 November 2003 (Office of Fair Trading (OFT), 21 November 2003, Decision n° CA98/8/2003, Agreements between Hasbro U.K. Ltd, Argos Ltd and Littlewoods Ltd fixing the price of Hasbro toys and games, Case CP/0480-01), the OFT issued a new decision finding that the manufacturer Hasbro and the retailers Littlewoods and Argos entered into agreements/concerted practices between 1999 and May 2001 to fix prices for the retail sale of Hasbro toys and games, which violated the Chapter I prohibition of the Competition Act 1998, the equivalent to Article 81 EC. On 1 October 2004, the

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Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, The UK Court of Appeal rules on discussions on vertical basis and restricts the CAT’s test (Argos and Littlewood - JJB Sports), 19 October 2006, e-Competitions Bulletin October 2006, Art. N° 12451

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