Resale Price Maintenance: A Big Issue For UK Luxury Brands

Law360, New York (October 23, 2013, 12:26 PM EDT) -- Luxury goods makers have long known of the potential pitfalls of providing price guidance or recommendations to retailers. Recent activity by regulators across the European Union makes it clear that there remains a very real risk that regulators are as ready as ever to investigate guidance that crosses the line to become resale price maintenance.

Most recently, the U.K.’s Office of Fair Trading’s probed sports bra designer DB Apparel UK Ltd.’s agreements with three British department stores, and took the preliminary view in September that these...
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