The Austrian Supreme Court confirms a decision of the Cartel Court whereby cross-border RPM between a German publisher and an Austrian press distributor infringes Art 81.1 EU therefore preventing the exception provided in national legislation - excluding ban of RPM in the book / magazine sector - to apply (Burda / Pressegroßvertrieb)

Case In 2004, Burda Publishing Group, Germany signed Pressegroßvertrieb as the exclusive Austrian distributor to retailers concerning Burda's magazines. With a market share of 35%, Pressegroßvertrieb is only one of two competitors which provide distribution services including services such as remission (i.e. taking back unsold copies), encashment, logistics, transport etc with regard to entire Austria. In printing the price on the cover of the magazines, Burda uses a

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Florian Neumayr, Gerhard Fussenegger, The Austrian Supreme Court confirms a decision of the Cartel Court whereby cross-border RPM between a German publisher and an Austrian press distributor infringes Art 81.1 EU therefore preventing the exception provided in national legislation - excluding ban of RPM in the book / magazine sector - to apply (Burda / Pressegroßvertrieb), 15 juillet 2009, e-Competitions July 2009, Art. N° 31016

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