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Parallel trade: A synthesis of national and EU case laws

Introduction: parallel trade, national cases and EU law This short paper will try to provide a partial overview of the attitude of EU competition law towards limitations to parallel trade. We will briefly refer, in the relevant section, to 18 national cases published on e-Competitions with the tag “parallel trade”, and try to find their place against the background of the applicable EU case law. As far as possible, given the space constraints, in comparing national and EU case law, we will also try to provide some brief critical notations. Parallel trade in the EU involves in most cases the export by a third party of goods put on the market in a Member State by the manufacturer or with its consent into another Member State. Reasons for this are usually differences in prices and/or

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  • Latham & Watkins (Brussels)

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Alessio Aresu, Parallel trade: A synthesis of national and EU case laws, 4 June 2015, e-Competitions Bulletin Parallel imports, Art. N° 30694

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