Nikon’s Swiss Unit Fined $13M In Antitrust Probe

Law360, San Diego (December 15, 2011, 2:38 PM EST) -- Switzerland’s antitrust watchdog on Thursday imposed a fine of nearly $13.3 million against camera maker Nikon Corp.’s Swiss subsidiary for restricting parallel imports of its imaging products.

The Swiss Competition Commission, also known as Comco, held that Nikon illegally isolated the Swiss market by putting clauses in international sales contracts banning exports to Switzerland and putting similar restrictions in Swiss sales contracts to limit supply abroad. The company also exerted pressure on companies in Switzerland to purchase Nikon products only through its Swiss unit, according to...
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