The Russian Competition Authority establishes the existence of price-fixing agreements concluded between a mobile phone manufacturer and its distributors (Nokia)

On 23 September 2009 Russian Competition Authority (FAS) [1] established that leading manufacturer of mobile phones NOKIA [2] has infringed Russian competition law by including recommended resale prices in its distribution contracts. Due to the fact that NOKIA has subsequently deleted “recommended price” clauses from the specified contracts the FAS limited itself to confirming the fact of infringement without imposing any sanctions. The FAS found that distribution contracts concluded between NOKIA and its four distributors [3] contained recommended maximum resale prices set by NOKIA. Distributors were motivated by a 0,5% turnover rebate paid by NOKIA when a distributor maintains maximum resale prices for certain period of time. At the same time, distribution contracts provided that

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Alexandr Svetlicinii, The Russian Competition Authority establishes the existence of price-fixing agreements concluded between a mobile phone manufacturer and its distributors (Nokia), 23 September 2009, e-Competitions September 2009, Art. N° 29351

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