美团因“二选一”垄断行为被罚34.42亿元

Date:2021-10-08

On 8 October 2021, the State Administration for Market Supervision (SAMR) announced an administrative penalty imposed on Meituan monopolistic behaviour.

In reaching the decision, the SAMR considered the following laws and circumstances:

  1. Articles 47 of the AML in relation to abuse of a dominant market position and Article 49 which provides that fine shall based on the nature, extent and duration of the violations.
  2. Before the start of the investigation, Meituan took the initiative to admit their monopolistic behaviour and confess the facts about their illegal conducts;
  3. Meituan aided the investigation by providing crucial evidence previously not known to the law enforcement;
  4. Meituan conducted a comprehensive self-examination and rectification;
  5. Meituan took initiative in refunding the exclusive cooperation deposit to merchants.

SAMR decided to order Meituan to stop the illegal acts and imposed a fine of 3% of its 2020 sales volume of CNY$114.748 billion in China, totaling to a fine of CNY$3.442 billion. The decision also ordered Meituan to refund the exclusive cooperation deposit of CNY$1.289 billion to merchants.

In response to the decision, Meituan stated that it will conduct a comprehensive and in-depth self-examination and rectification to eliminate monopolistic behaviour. Later, Ele.me (a competitor, also an online food delivery service platform which is a subsidiary of the Alibaba Group) announced that it will not engage in monopolistic behaviour and will operate strictly to comply with the law.

Source:https://www.sohu.com/a/493954917_115565