The German Federal Cartel Office terminates antitrust proceedings against a toy manufacturer (Lego)

No toying around - the FCO makes Lego change its discount system to better accommodate online sales.* The German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) terminated antitrust proceedings against toy manufacturer Lego on July 18, 2016, following Lego’s agreement to change its current rebate system. Lego will enable online retailers to obtain in practice the same amount of discounts as available for brick and mortar shops. The FCO had opened proceedings against Lego based on complaints from retailers. Lego’s discount system apparently provides for various “discount points” to reflect and reward certain functions carried out by retailers. Some of these points are de facto only available for functions carried out by

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  • Heinz & Zagrosek (Köln)

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Silke Heinz, The German Federal Cartel Office terminates antitrust proceedings against a toy manufacturer (Lego), 18 juillet 2016, e-Competitions July 2016, Art. N° 80701

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