The US FTC approves petition to modify an order imposing restrictions on the ability to enter into certain conditional supply relationships, since the competition among purchasers and sellers of toys has been reshaped following the emergence of online retailers and the growth of two other purchasers (Toys “R” Us)

U.S. FTC modifies 1998 order against Toys “R” Us based on market changes brought about by e-commerce* On 15 April 2014 the U.S. Federal Trade Commission approved a petition submitted by Toys “R” Us (“TRU”) to reopen and modify an order issued in 1998, which required TRU to refrain from certain actions in connection with its suppliers. TRU claimed that the growth of Walmart and Target and the emergence of online retailers such as Amazon.com reshaped competition among purchasers and sellers of toys, so that such a change in the circumstances justified the modification of the 1998 order. Yet, TRU did not seek to modify or set aside the final order’s core prohibition on

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Gabriele Accardo, The US FTC approves petition to modify an order imposing restrictions on the ability to enter into certain conditional supply relationships, since the competition among purchasers and sellers of toys has been reshaped following the emergence of online retailers and the growth of two other purchasers (Toys “R” Us), 11 avril 2014, e-Competitions April 2014, Art. N° 66852

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