The Swiss Competition Commission fines a manufacturer of sport products for vertical price fixing with dealers (Stöckli)

Introduction The Swiss Competition Commission (“ComCo”) fined Stöckli Swiss Sports (“Stöckli”), a Swiss manufacturer of Skis and other sport products, for vertical price fixing with its dealers with CHF 140’000. The fine was rather low, as Stöckli had filed a leniency application, albeit after ComCo having opened the investigation, and a settlement was reached. The settlement decision is one of several in which manufacturers had made use of the vertical leniency application regime in Switzerland and underscores ComCo’s rigid approach vis-à-vis hard-core vertical violations. It also sheds light on how ComCo views restrictions of selective (online) distribution in Switzerland. Factual Background

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Marcel Meinhardt, The Swiss Competition Commission fines a manufacturer of sport products for vertical price fixing with dealers (Stöckli), 19 août 2019, e-Competitions August 2019, Art. N° 92513

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