FTC Approves Final Orders Settling Charges That Ski Equipment Manufacturers Agreed Not to Compete for Ski Endorsers or Employees

On July 9, 2014, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced that, pursuant to Section 5 of the FTC Act, it had approved two final orders settling charges that two ski equipment manufacturers—Market Volko (International) and Tecnica Group S.p.A—agreed for many years not to compete for one another’s ski endorsers or employees. The FTC’s complaint alleges that starting in 2004, the companies agreed not to solicit, recruit or contact any skier who previously endorsed the other company’s skis, and that the companies reached similar agreements with respect to each other’s employees.

The FTC’s case file is available here.