OFT Says UK Pub Deals Don't Hurt Consumers

Law360, New York (October 14, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT) -- U.K. antitrust regulators said Thursday that pub owners do not harm bar patrons by requiring pub lessees to purchase beer and other drinks solely through company landlords.

The Office of Fair Trading concluded that the so-called “beer tie” does not have a significant adverse impact on consumers, rejecting for the second time a complaint brought by consumer advocacy group Campaign for Real Ale.

The agency found “that consumers benefit from considerable competition and choice between pubs, and that this competition prevents the beer tie from being...
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