Asus (vertical restraints) (AT.40465) [Archived]
Asus (vertical restraints) (AT.40465) [Archived]

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ARCHIVED–this archived case hub reflects the position at the date of the decision of 24 July 2018; it is no longer maintained.

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Case facts

OutlineEuropean Commission Article 101 TFEU investigation into vertical restrictions on online sales of consumer electronic products imposed by Asus (Case AT.40465).

Latest developmentsOn 24 July 2018, the Commission issued its infringement decision against Asus, imposing a fine of €63.522m (following an ‘informal settlement’), for imposing fixed or minimum resale prices on their online retailers in breach of Article 101 TFEU.

PartiesAsus is a Taiwan based company that manufactures computer and telephone hardware and electronic products.

BackgroundThe Commission opened its investigation in February 2017 as a result of information obtained during its e-commerce sector inquiry.

Market(s)Markets for the manufacture, distribution and retail of consumer electronic products, in particular computer and telephone hardware.

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