Antitrust Risks in E-Commerce Distribution: Avoiding RPM, MAP and Other Pitfalls in Online Sales and Pricing
Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will examine antitrust concerns for online retailers, distributors and manufacturers with direct to consumer e-commerce sales. The panel will also outline best practices to identify the potential for antitrust abuse and to avoid or minimize antitrust violations and liability.
- E-commerce vs. traditional distribution
- RPM (vertical price fixing)
- MAP restrictions
- Robinson-Patman and other traditional distribution considerations
- Best practices for avoiding internet distribution antitrust problems
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- What are the challenges for online sellers in distinguishing between advertised prices and selling prices?
- What is the e-commerce impact of the different state law approaches to the issue of whether minimum RPMs are illegal per se?
- What steps can companies take to minimize antitrust exposure stemming from internet distribution?
James F. Herbison
Winston & Strawn
Mr. Herbison concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on civil and criminal... | Read More
Mr. Herbison concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on civil and criminal antitrust matters. He has represented clients in matters ranging from price fixing and merger enforcement to antitrust issues related to patents. Mr. Herbison has also represented trade associations and assisted in ensuring their compliance with antitrust laws.Close
Jason C. Hicks
Womble Bond Dickinson
Mr. Hicks has experience litigating cases and counseling clients in a wide variety of matters involving federal and... | Read More
Mr. Hicks has experience litigating cases and counseling clients in a wide variety of matters involving federal and state antitrust laws, franchise and dealer protection statutes, unfair and deceptive trade practices, advertising laws and regulations, industry specific trade regulations, contract disputes, business torts, and constitutional law.Close