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The CMA fines golf club manufacturer £1.45 million over online sales ban

Golf equipment manufacturer, Ping, has been fined £1.45 million by the UK Competition and Markets Authority (‘CMA’) after it prevented two UK retailers from selling its golf clubs on their websites. The penalty serves as an important reminder to suppliers that under UK and EU law, contractual terms prohibiting a business from selling its products online are generally unlawful. Duncan Reed and Dimitris Sinaniotis of TLT LLP analyse the CMA’s enforcement action, which included the acknowledgement that Ping was “pursuing a genuine commercial aim” with its online sales ban.

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