Author Archives: Stakheyeva-Memic

Aralık 12

SELECTIVE DISTRIBUTION: ONLINE SALE RESTRICTIONS & LUXURY BRAND IMAGE JUSTIFICATION AFTER COTY

  On 6 December 2017 the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) delivered a long awaited preliminary ruling in Coty case C-230/16[1], The judgement follows the Advocate General’s opinion and provides guidance on the legality of online sale bans in selective distribution agreements in the EU, focusing on  the ‘luxury brand image’ justification. Background […]

Aralık 04

OBSTACLES TO PARALLEL TRADE: ALLEGED ABUSE OF DOMINANCE ON THE BELGİAN BEER MARKET

Starting from June 2016 the European Commission (EC) has been investigating commercial practices of AB InBev in relation to alleged abuse of dominance in the Belgian beer market by pursuing a ‘deliberate strategy’ to prevent supermarkets and  wholesalers from buying Juliper and Leffe at lower prices in the Netherlands and France, and from importing them […]

Kasım 27

AUTOMOTİVE SECTOR CARTEL SETTLEMENTS: JAPANESE SAFETY EQUİPMENT SUPPLİERS THIS TIME…

On 22 November 2017 five Japanese producers of car safety equipment (i.e. car seatbelts, airbags and steering wheels) were fined a total of EUR 34 million by the European Commission for their involvement in one or more of four cartels.[1] Interestingly, the cartels took place outside the EU, i.e. in Japan, but they did affect […]

Kasım 20

AGRICULTURAL SECTOR: WHAT ARE THE LIMITS TO THE DEROGATION FROM APPLICABILITY OF COMPETITION RULES?

On 14 November 2017 the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) delivered its preliminary ruling in Case C‑671/15.[1] The case was referred to the CJEU by the French Court of Cassation and concerned the interrelation between the competition law and agricultural policy in the EU. The main question the CJEU was to provide its clarification […]

“No twice punishment for the same” or Ne bis in idem PRINCIPLE IN COMPETITION LAW

On 25 October 2017 the Turkish Competition Authority (TCA) finalised its 18 month investigation and decided on Mey Icki (Diageo plc’s subsidiary) case. It determined that the company abused its dominant position in the gin and vodka markets in Turkey by way of exclusionary practices against competitors via rebates, visual arrangements at sales points and […]

The Car Sector In The EU: Unannounced Inspections & More

The car/automotive sector plays an essential role in any economy. Over the past 10 years, the European Commission (EC) has been focusing on protecting competition in this crucial sector: 9 cartels in the automotive sector have been uncovered and  companies have been fined a total of more than EUR 6 billion for their illegal behaviour.[1] Below we […]

Excessive pricing investigations in Turkey

The Turkish Competition Authority (TCA) has been rather active in the recent months in launching investigations into alleged abuse of dominance via excessive pricing. For instance, on 4 May 2017 by decision No 17-15/175-M the TCA launched an investigation into alleged abuse of dominance by Sahibinden.com via implementing excessive pricing practices, i.e. sales conditions with […]