DOJ and FTC to Hold Joint Workshop on Conditional Pricing Practices

On June 23, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission will hold a joint, one-day workshop in Washington, D.C., on competition issues related to conditional pricing practices. “Conditional pricing” includes loyalty and bundled pricing, in addition to other arrangements where prices are contingent on commitments to purchase or sell a specified share or volume of a particular product or mix of products. The focus of the workshop will be to garner a better economic understanding of the potential harms and benefits of these practices, as well as examine how such practices are treated under the antitrust laws.

The all-day workshop is free and open to the public. It will be held at the FTC’s new satellite conference center, Constitution Center, 400 Seventh St., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024. Registration is not required, but encouraged. Individuals may register by sending an email to CPPworkshop@ftc.gov with “RSVP” in the subject line. The DOJ and FTC are requesting comments and will accept written submissions through Aug. 22, 2014.

Additional information about the workshop can be found here. The agenda for the workshop is available here. Comments can be submitted here.