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CMS Switzerland | Switzerland | 23 Jun 2016

Competition Commission clears joint venture in marketing of advertising content

The Competition Commission has conducted an in-depth examination into the creation of a joint venture between Swisscom, SRG SSR and Ringier. The joint venture will market advertising space and the three partners plan to introduce television advertising tailored to target groups. It is anticipated that the joint venture will rank among the strongest market players in marketing advertising content.
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CMS Switzerland | Switzerland | 12 May 2016

Competition Commission fines Swisscom for abuse of dominant position

The Competition Commission has imposed a fine of Sfr7,916,438 on Swisscom, Switzerland's leading telecommunications provider. According to the commission's press release, Swisscom had a dominant position in the market for the provision of broadband connections to business customers, which it abused when bidding to supply broadband connections to the postal service.
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CMS Switzerland | Switzerland | 24 Mar 2016

Court annuls Competition Commission decision on price recommendations

The Federal Administrative Court recently annulled a Competition Commission decision regarding Altimum's alleged resale price maintenance. The commission had previously concluded that the price recommendations issued by Altimum amounted to a vertical agreement on resale prices. The court confirmed that hardcore agreements, including vertical price agreements, are prohibited only if there is......
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CMS Switzerland | European Union, Switzerland | 21 Jan 2016

Revised notice regarding competition law treatment of vertical agreements in motor vehicle trade

The Competition Commission recently revised the Notice of October 21 2002 regarding the Competition Law Treatment of Vertical Agreements in the Motor Vehicle Trade and its guidelines. According to the commission, the revision takes into account its case law, new developments in the market and changes in technology and modifications in European and Swiss competition law.
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CMS Switzerland | Switzerland | 29 Oct 2015

Competition Commission fines sanitary products wholesalers for price fixing

The Competition Commission recently announced that it has fined a number of wholesalers in the sanitary industry for Sfr80 million. The commission found that since the 1990s these wholesalers had entered into various prohibited horizontal agreements on prices and quantities. Following publication of the commission's findings, the wholesalers can appeal to the Federal Administrative Tribunal.
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CMS Switzerland | Switzerland | 24 Sep 2015

Competition Commission clears acquisitions in job ads market

The Competition Commission recently announced that it had cleared the purchase of Ricardo by Tamedia and the purchase of JobCloud by JobScout24. According to the commission's press release, while Tamedia and JobCould were found to hold dominant positions in the job advertising market, the contemplated transactions were incapable of eliminating effective competition and therefore could not be......
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CMS Switzerland | European Union, Switzerland | 11 Jun 2015

Bilateral cooperation agreement with European Union takes effect

A bilateral cooperation agreement on competition matters between the European Union and Switzerland recently entered into force. The cooperation agreement explicitly allows the European Union and the Swiss Competition Commission to exchange information gathered during investigations, without the need to obtain consent from the parties.
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CMS Switzerland | Switzerland | 23 Apr 2015

Competition Commission closes investigation into credit card market

The Competition Commission closed its investigation into the credit card market by concluding a settlement with the parties concerned. The settlement provides for a reduction of the average domestic interchange fee for MasterCard and Visa credit cards from 0.95% to 0.44%. Fluctuations of the maximum interchange fee levels in the regulation will be reflected mutatis mutandis in Switzerland.
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CMS Switzerland | Switzerland | 19 Mar 2015

Resellers of door mountings fined for alleged price fixing

According to a recent Competition Commission decision, resellers of door mountings met on an annual basis to fix minimum margins to be observed in the resale of their products. The commission found that the agreement constituted an illegal price-fixing arrangement among competitors and fined the resellers, although there was no proof that the parties' behaviour actually had a negative effect......
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CMS Switzerland | Switzerland | 12 Feb 2015

Federal Administrative Court annuls Competition Commission decision

The Federal Administrative Court recently annulled a 2010 Competition Commission decision in which the commission had fined several companies active in the window and window-door mountings business for allegedly coordinating price increases in 2006. Three companies appealed the decision. The court concluded that there was insufficient proof of a violation of the Cartel Act.
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