Brand owners: controlling internet sales while remaining compliant with competition law

Publication | May 2017
Published in: Digital Business Lawyer

Restrictions on internet distribution and competition law compliance generally do not mix. However, in a recent speech, Johannes Laitenberger, a high-ranking official within the Competition Directorate of the European Commission, stated that “while blanket internet sales bans are undoubtedly a hardcore restriction […] this does not apply to all restraints on online sales.” He was referring to a case, Coty, which is currently before the European Court of Justice (‘ECJ’) for a preliminary ruling on whether online sales restrictions linked to selective distribution systems are legitimate from a competition law perspective. Mark Tricker and Amanda Town explore why this case will bring some much-needed clarity to an area where different competition authorities have taken different views and what this might mean for brand owners seeking to exercise control over how and where their products are sold online.

This article was first published in Digital Business Lawyer on Wednesday 5 April 2017.


Contacts

Mark Tricker

Mark Tricker

London
Amanda Town

Amanda Town

London