Auction services: anti-competitive practices
Investigation into the supply of auction services under Chapter I CA98 and/or Article 101 TFEU and/or Chapter II CA98 and/or Article 102 TFEU.
|June/July 2017 (estimate)||CMA decision on whether it is appropriate to accept commitments|
|30 May 2017 to 19 June 2017||Commitments consultation period|
|30 May 2017||Consultation opened on commitments proposed by ATG Media|
|November 2016 to May 2017||Initial investigation: information gathering, including issuing formal or informal information requests and receipt of parties’ responses|
|22 November 2016||Investigation opened|
|Date of change||Reason for change||Changes made to timetable|
|30 May 2017||The CMA is consulting on commitments offered by ATG Media which, if accepted, would result in closing the investigation||The date for the decision on whether to proceed with or close the investigation has been postponed|
Consultation on commitments
On 30 May 2017, the CMA published a notice of intention to accept commitments and invited representations from third parties that are likely to be affected by the proposed commitments.
- Notice of intention to accept binding commitments offered by ATG Media (30.5.17)
- News story: Consultation on solving online auction competition concerns (30.5.17)
Invitation to comment
Any person wishing to comment on the commitments should submit written representations to the postal or email addresses given below by Monday 19 June 2017. Please quote the case reference 50408 in all correspondence related to this matter.
Cleo Alliston/Nathalie Lobel-Lastmann
Competition and Markets Authority
On 22 November 2016, the CMA launched an investigation into suspected breaches of Chapters I and II of the Competition Act 1998 (CA98) and Articles 101 and 102 TFEU in respect of the supply of live online auction platform services in the UK. The investigation relates to suspected exclusionary and restrictive pricing practices, including most favoured nation provisions in respect of online sales.
During the course of its investigation, the CMA has undertaken a number of investigative steps to gather evidence from ATG Media and a range of third parties.
The CMA has also received an application under section 35 CA98 for interim measures in relation to the case. Formal acceptance of commitments would make the giving of any interim measures superfluous.
Rebecca Cassar (020 3738 6633, email@example.com)
Assistant Project Director
Cleo Alliston (020 3738 6669, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lucilia Falsarella-Pereira (020 3738 6778, email@example.com)
Tim Capel (020 3738 6261, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Senior Responsible Officer
Michael Grenfell (020 3738 6134, email@example.com)
Anyone with information about suspected anti-competitive activity is encouraged to contact the CMA.