News, 21 December 2011
The Market Court imposed on Iittala Group Oy Ab a fine of three million euros for RPM that took place during 2005-2007. By its decision issued today, the Market Court came to the same conclusion regarding the infringement as the FCA in its proposal of 2010.
The Market Court found that Iittala's conduct amounted to price fixing, which is a serious competition infringement. Iittala's object was to raise the price level and to prohibit any price competition between retailers. Consumers are likely to have paid a higher price for the most well-known Iittala products because of the RPM (for example the Kivi candle holder, the Maribowl, the Moomin products, the Teema series, the Aalto glassware and the KoKo products).
The conduct amounted to a common practice used by the entire Iittala organization, not just by individual persons. RPM was an established and systematic method, which appeared in all Iittala's activities for a minimum of two and a half years.
Senior Research Officer Johanna Nyländen
Director General Juhani Jokinen