The French Competition Authority imposes fine of € 7 million on outdoor power tool manufacturer for de facto online sales restrictions (Stihl)

On 24 October 2018, the French competition authority (the “FCA”) fined Stihl, a German manufacturer of outdoor power tools, € 7 million for, in effect, prohibiting online sales of chainsaws, brush cutters, pole saws and electric pruners. Stihl operated a selective distribution system, under which online sales were in principle permitted, but only where: (i) the products were handed over in-person to the customer (either at the distributor’s premises or at the customer’s home); and (ii) the sale was not made over a third party platform. The FCA did not take issue with the use of selective distribution

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Andrzej Kmiecik, The French Competition Authority imposes fine of € 7 million on outdoor power tool manufacturer for de facto online sales restrictions (Stihl), 24 October 2018, e-Competitions Bulletin December 2018, Art. N° 88572

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