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Antitrust scrutiny of vertical restraints has evolved significantly over time relative to other areas of U.S. and EU antitrust law. To help provide you with a high-level view of recent activity around vertical restraints, members of our antitrust/competition group have authored case summaries and analysis both in the U.S. and EU in GCR's Vertical Restraints tool.
Vertical restraints are contract terms in dealings with customers and suppliers that have the potential to harm competition, typically through the exclusion of competitors. Such restraints, on balance, may benefit competition by protecting and encouraging relationship-specific investments between buyers and sellers that improve efficiency and quality. This tool helps you to understand how to spot, analyze and minimize the antitrust risk associated with common types of vertical restraints.