The UK Office of Fair Trading exercises its discretion not to refer the newspaper and magazine distribution industry to the Competition Commission despite competition concerns

Summary The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has decided not to refer the market for newspaper and magazine distribution in the UK to the Competition Commission (CC) for a market investigation (the MIR Decision) [1]. Background Following the revocation, in May 2005, of the Vertical Agreements Exclusion Order, newspaper and magazine distribution agreements in the UK were required to comply with competition law [2]. As the agreements included certain practices which fell outside the benefit of the vertical agreement block exemption [3] (including absolute territorial protection, and resale price maintenance), the industry stake holders sought assistance in assessing the legal validity of the agreements in place. Consequently, the OFT was asked to provide a legal Opinion on the

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Ilan Sherr, The UK Office of Fair Trading exercises its discretion not to refer the newspaper and magazine distribution industry to the Competition Commission despite competition concerns, 24 September 2009, e-Competitions Bulletin Media, Art. N° 29689

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