Vertical Agreements and competition law: An overview of EU and national case law

1. Introduction This article reviews EU cases reported in e-Competitions and dealing with the application of Article 101, or its national equivalent, to vertical agreements in 2012. Previous special issues have also dealt with vertical agreements and, more specifically, with agency agreements, [1] agreements in the automobile sector, [2] exclusive distribution, [3] resale price maintenance [4] and selective distribution. [5] The survey of reported cases establishes that, as in previous recent years, vertical agreements are not an enforcement priority area for the Commission - in 2012, it did not adopt a decision, or settle proceedings in relation to a case involving purely vertical agreements under Article 101. [6] This is now a well-established pattern. The last fine imposed by

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  • King’s College (London)
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Brussels)

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Alison Jones, Joanna Goyder, Vertical Agreements and competition law: An overview of EU and national case law, 20 March 2013, e-Competitions Bulletin Vertical restrictions, Art. N° 51217

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