The EU Commission fines four electronic manufacturers for fixing minimum resale prices for online retailers (Asus / Denon / Philips / Pioneer)

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On 24 July 2018, in four separate decisions, the European Commission (“Commission”) levied fines totalling EUR 111 million on four well-known manufacturers of consumer electronic products for imposing fixed or minimum resale prices on their online retailers between 2011 and 2015. These decisions represent an important example of enforcement activity in this sphere in the EU. In other recent cases suppliers have been investigated and fined for online sales bans, marketplace bans, geo-blocking, discrimination on the basis of the customer’s location and other sales restrictions. Background In May 2015, the Commission launched a sector inquiry into the E-commerce of consumer goods and digital content. One of its key findings, as summarised in the Final Report on the E-commerce Sector

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Michael Murphy, Ayman Guirguis, Christopher Finnerty, Francesco Carloni, Gabriela R. Da Costa, Michal Kocon, Neil A. Baylis, The EU Commission fines four electronic manufacturers for fixing minimum resale prices for online retailers (Asus / Denon / Philips / Pioneer), 24 July 2018, e-Competitions Platforms, Art. N° 90008

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