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Competition & Antitrust

22 October 2020
Sascha Dethof FCO continues to act against price fixing by manufacturers against distributors: Alhambra guitars

Germany - Fieldfisher (Germany) LLP

Under pressure from the Federal Cartel Office (FCO), guitar manufacturer Alhambra has distanced itself from influencing the selling prices of wholesalers and distributors. The FCO investigated Alhambra on the suspicion that it had exerted pressure on wholesalers and distributors to comply with minimum prices on the German market and urged distributors to raise their retail prices. The FCO has been active in the field of price fixing in recent years and this article provides a historic round-up of cases.

Author: Sascha Dethof
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Eva Škufca Expected developments and competition law considerations in light of fuel market liberalisation

Slovenia - Schoenherr

The Slovenian government has decided that price control measures in the field of fuel products are no longer necessary, meaning that the retail fuel market will be fully liberalised from October 2020. Following deregulation, fair competition in the fuel market will be ensured through the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and its Slovenian equivalents and Articles 6 and 9 of the Prevention of Restriction of Competition Act, which prohibit anti-competitive practices and abuse of dominance in the market.

Authors: Eva Škufca, Lea Avsenik, Maks David Osojnik
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