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The UK Court of Appeal upholds the UK Competition’s Authority decision finding that a golf equipment supplier acted illegally by banning online sales of its products (Ping)

On 21 January 2020, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales handed down a judgment dismissing the appeal by Ping Europe Limited ("Ping") against a judgment of the Competition Appeal Tribunal ("CAT"), upholding the CMA's 2017 decision that Ping's online sales ban constituted a restriction of competition by object under the Chapter I Competition Act 1998 prohibition and Article 101 TFEU. The Court of Appeal confirmed that case law and decisional practice shows that the imposition by a supplier of a prohibition on internet sales by authorised dealers in a selective distribution network reveals a sufficient degree of harm to competition and is a restriction "by object". The CAT's imposed penalty of GBP 1.25 million was also upheld. The Court of Appeal's judgment confirms that an absolute

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Alexi Dimitriou, The UK Court of Appeal upholds the UK Competition’s Authority decision finding that a golf equipment supplier acted illegally by banning online sales of its products (Ping), 21 January 2020, e-Competitions Preview, Art. N° 95947

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