Golf: Ping’s online-sales ban ruled out-of-bounds under competition law

Published 29 January 2020 By: Alex Haffner

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On 21 January 2020, the Court of Appeal handed down a decision[1] upholding a 2017 decision[2] by the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) that Ping had infringed competition law in preventing its authorised resellers from offering golf clubs for sale over the internet. In so doing, the Court of Appeal has re-affirmed the basic principal that bans on online sales are to be regarded as “object” restrictions, meaning they will almost always liable to be found to infringe the competition rules.


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Alex Haffner

Alex Haffner

Alex is a Partner in the Commercial, Sports and IP Team at Fladgate LLP, specialising in the sports, technology and media sectors.

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