CAT ruling rejecting appeal of the online sales ban
21 December 2017
Non-confidential infringement decision published
24 August 2017
Infringement decision issued
November 2016 to August 2017
Considering written representations on the statement of objections, further evidence gathering and analysis, issue of letters of facts, receipt and consideration of representations on letters of facts, decision on case outcome, preparation of decision.
September to October 2016 (estimate)
Receipt of written and oral representations on the statement of objections
Statement of objections re-issued
Statement of objections issued
November 2015 to June 2016
Initial investigation: information gathering, including issuance of formal or informal information requests and parties’ responses. CMA analysis and review of parties’ responses to information requests. Decision taken to issue statement of objections.
Competition Appeal Tribunal ruling
7 September 2018: The Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) rejected an appeal of the online sales ban in the golf equipment sector decision brought by the party.
24 August 2017: The CMA issued an infringement decision to Ping Europe Limited (Ping).
The CMA found that Ping has been operating an online sales ban, which is not objectively justified, thereby infringing the Chapter I prohibition of the Competition Act 1998 (CA98) and Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).
The CMA imposed a financial penalty of £1.45 million on Ping and directed that it brings the online sales ban to an end, and must not impose the same or equivalent terms on other retailers.