Bathroom fittings (CE/9857-14) [Archived]
Bathroom fittings (CE/9857-14) [Archived]

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ARCHIVED–this archived case hub reflects the position at the date of the decision of 10 May 2016; it is no longer maintained.

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Case facts

OutlineCMA Article 101 TFEU/Chapter I CA98 investigation into Ultra Finishing Limited, in relation to the alleged introduction in vertical agreements of a minimum advertised price by Ultra Finishing (a manufacturer) for internet sales of bathroom fittings limiting the ability of retailers to sell below that price (case CE/9857-14).

Latest developmentsOn 10 May 2016, the CMA issued its infringement decision and imposed a fine of £786,668 on Ultra.

The fine has been reduced by 20% as Ultra agreed to settle with the CMA. A discount of 5% has also been applied following Ultra's agreement to set up a competition compliance programme within its business and amongst its staff. The compliance programme will include a clear commitment to competition compliance from Ultra's board (published on its website), tailored training for all employees and a detailed procedure to identify, assess and mitigate competition law risks. Ultra will review the compliance programme annually, with annual reports to be submitted to the CMA for the first three years.

The CMA decided not to issue an infringement decision to the retailers with whom Ultra entered into the infringing agreements.

The CMA has also sent warning

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