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Antitrust Alert: EU Competition Law Update: Online Sales Restrictions Under Scrutiny

January 22, 2015

Summary: On January 9, 2015, the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf in Germany handed down its first decision with regard to vertical restraints due to a so called “best price clause” of the online hotel booking platform HRS. The court has now confirmed the December 2013 prohibition decision of the German antitrust watchdog, the Bundeskartellamt, that HRS’ “best price clauses” violate German and European competition law. This decision, as well as other recent developments across European competition authorities, is likely to have an impact on companies doing business in the EU and on their sales and distribution agreements.

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