Podcast: Luxury goods, online marketplaces & a heated antitrust debate


Date: 1 August 2017. Duration: 12:45.

The campaign by German antitrust authorities against luxury goods manufacturers that ban the use of online marketplaces such as Amazon.com and eBay is under threat, with an opinion prepared for the EU's highest court suggesting such restrictions should be allowed. This would mean allow the makers of top-shelf products to continue deciding which platforms can carry their goods.

Listen in as MLex Senior Correspondent Matthew Newman and Brussels Managing Editor James Panichi discuss the non-binding court opinion and examine the debate raging across Europe over whether luxury goods producers should be allowed to defend their brands' reputation – even at the expense of competition concerns.

For more on this debate, read Matthew's analysis, "Germany might have to change tack in fight against bans on online marketplaces".