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  • 99287
    01 March 2012
    TFTC Imposed Fines on 51 LPG Suppliers for Price-fixing

    Stephen C. Wu / Yvonne Y. Hsieh

    (The article reflects only the authors' opinion and does not represent the opinion of Lee and Li.)

    On February 8, 2012, the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission ("TFTC") rendered its first decision after becoming an independent agency without Executive Yuan's supervision since February 2012. In the decision, the TFTC found that a total of 51 bottled liquid petroleum gas (LPG) suppliers located in Chia-yi City (collectively "Suppliers") had violated the cartel prohibition under the Fair Trade Act ("FTA") for increasing the retail price of LPG products simultaneously, which had affected competition in Chia-yi City's LPG market. Consequently, the TFTC imposed fines ranging from NT$4 million to NT$50,000 on each Supplier. The fines imposed by the TFTC in the case is NT$10.15 million in total.

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  • 99286
    16 November 2011
    TFTC Imposed Fines on Parallel Pricing

    Stephen C. Wu / Yvonne Y. Hsieh

    (The article reflects only the authors' opinion and does not represent the opinion of Lee and Li.)

    In a decision dated October 19, 2011, the Fair Trade Commission ("FTC") found that Wei-chuan, Uni-President and Kuang-chuan, three leading dairy product suppliers, had violated the prohibition against concerned action under the Fair Trade Act ("FTA") for increasing the prices of milk products at the same time and by the same price amount, which has affected competition in the domestic milk product market. Consequently, the FTC imposed a fine of NT$12 million on Wei-chuan, NT$10 million on Uni-President and NT$8 million on Kuang-chuan. Immediately after the decision regarding the milk, the FTC in a decision dated November 2 concluded that four leading convenience stores, 7-Eleven, Family Mart, Hi-Life and OK raised the prices of their freshly brewed coffee (with milk added) in the same week by the same increment. Without any justification for the simultaneous price adjustment, such conduct constitutes illegal concerted action, which is prohibited by Article 14 of the FTC, and thus the FTC imposed a fine of NT$16 million on 7-Eleven, NT$2.5 million on Family Mart, NT$1 million on Hi-Life and NT$0.5 million on OK.

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  • 99213
    15 November 2011
    How a Taiwanese Enterprise Should Respond to Antitrust Investigation- focusing on EU and US regulations (Mandarin)

    Stephen C. Wu / Wei-Han Wu

    (The article reflects only the authors' opinion and does not represent the opinion of Lee and Li.)

    This article discusses the cartel regulations under US and EU regulations. The purpose is to underscore the importance for Taiwanese enterprises to company with the cartel regulations of foreign countries to avoid violations.

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  • 99212
    15 November 2011
    "We Will Not Be Undersold" Introduction to How the FTC Handles Comparative Advertisement (Mandarin)

    Stephen C. Wu / Wei-Han Wu

    (The article reflects only the authors' opinion and does not represent the opinion of Lee and Li.)

    Case study regarding the FTC's decisions on several comparative advertisements. This article is to alert enterprises that conduct marketing activities in compliance with the fair competition requirements under the FTA.

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  • 99211
    15 November 2011
    "Buy One Get One Free?!" How to Interpret Guidelines on Handling Promotional Advertisement (Mandarin)

    Stephen C. Wu / Wei-Han Wu

    (The article reflects only the authors' opinion and does not represent the opinion of Lee and Li.)

    This article discusses the cases where enterprises were fined by the FTC for misleading promotional advertisement and delved into the FTC's guidelines on handling of promotional advertisement is also introduced.

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