Online sales of posters and frames: Director Disqualification

The CMA has secured the disqualification of a director of a company found to have infringed competition law.

Case information

1 December 2016: Daniel Aston, managing director of the online poster supplier Trod Ltd, has given a disqualification undertaking not to act as a director of any UK company for 5 years.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) may, under the Company Directors Disqualification Act, seek the disqualification of an individual, either by court order or legally binding undertaking, from holding company directorships or performing certain roles in relation to a company for up to 15 years, where that individual has been director of a company which has breached competition law.

The disqualification follows the CMA’s decision of 12 August 2016 that Trod breached competition law by agreeing with one of its competing online sellers that they would not undercut each other’s prices for posters and frames sold on Amazon’s UK website. See the online sales of posters and frames investigation case page.


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Published 1 December 2016