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Resale Price Maintenance: An overview of EU and national case law

This article provides an overview of the current economic and policy thinking on minimum resale price maintenance (RPM), the practice whereby upstream suppliers enter into agreements with their downstream retailers or re-sellers which specify a minimum price at which they can sell their products downstream. Whilst previous e-Competitions contributions on this topic have focused on the important legal issues raised by conduct in this area, my intention is to give a greater flavour of the economic arguments against the background of actual enforcement decisions [1]. RPM is often labelled as "vertical price fixing" and has generally been treated as a per se or "object" infringement of competition laws, barely distinguished from horizontal price-fixing. However, economic thinking has for

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Derek Ridyard, Resale Price Maintenance: An overview of EU and national case law, 20 January 2014, e-Competitions EU Resale Price Maintenance, Art. N° 41915

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