Charlotte-Mai Doremus

Eversheds Sutherland (Paris), Johnson & Johnson (Issy-les-Moulineaux)
Senior Legal Counsel

Charlotte-Mai Dorémus is Senior Legal Counsel at Johnson & Johnson (France). Previously, Ms. Dorémus was an associate at Eversheds, after working in the Antitrust Competition and Trade group of the Paris office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for over 3 years and the Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Paris office for 3 other years. Her practice focuses on merger control, antitrust and state aids procedures, both at French and European levels, with a particular emphasis on the audiovisual, telecom, banking and transports sectors. Charlotte-Mai Dorémus was educated at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (Agrégation d’Economie-Gestion), the University of Rennes 1 (Maîtrise de droit européen) and Cambridge University (LL.M.). She was admitted to the Paris Bar in 2004.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Paris)
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel (Paris)
Eversheds Sutherland (Paris)


79097 Bulletin

Charlotte-Mai Doremus, Dan Roskis, Noëlle Lenoir The French Supreme Court questions allocation of costs in a predatory pricing Case (Vedettes inter-îles vendéennes)


1. Facts and ruling The Régie départementale des passages d’eau de la Vendée (RDPEV) is the provider of a public service : it operates year-round in any weather daily ferry services for passengers, cargo and vehicles between the mainland and l’île d’Yeu. For this purpose, RDPEV uses three vessels : (...)

Charlotte-Mai Doremus, Dan Roskis, Noëlle Lenoir The French Commercial Supreme Court partly annuls the Paris Court of Appeal’s judgment on illicit exchange of sensitive information in the mobile telephony cartel, thus strengthening the standard of proof (Bouygues Telecom SFR / Orange)


Proceedings In its decision of November 25, 2005, the French Competition Council imposed record fines - up to a global amount of € 534 million - on the three main mobile phone operators in France (namely Bouygues Telecom, SFR and Orange France) for cartel practices infringing of Articles L. (...)

Charlotte-Mai Doremus, Dan Roskis, Noëlle Lenoir The Paris Court of Appeal receives the first application ever from the EU Commission acting as amicus curiae on the basis of Reg. N°1/2003 in a case concerning the application of the automotive block exemption (Garage Gremeau / Daimler Chrysler)


Facts and proceedings Garage Gremeau had been entrusted by Daimler Chrysler France with the distribution of Mercedes Benz motor vehicles in the Dijon area (Burgundy) since 1982. On the basis of the new Commission Regulation (EC) n° 1400/2002, of 31 July 2002, on the application of Article (...)

Charlotte-Mai Doremus, Dan Roskis, Noëlle Lenoir The French Administrative Supreme Court holds that aid to the daily press financed by a tax levied on advertising expenses affects trade between Member States and consequently amounts to State aid (Auchan)


Background and facts Article 23 of Law n° 97-1269 of 30 December 1997 () introduced a tax levied on certain advertising expenses (the Tax). The revenue of the Tax is used for the financing of a fund dedicated to the modernization of the daily press. Fund subsidies were granted to undertakings (...)

Charlotte-Mai Doremus, Dan Roskis, Noëlle Lenoir The French Administrative Supreme Court holds that aids financed by interprofessional contributions levied by a professional organization do not amount to State aid (Confédération paysanne)


French Supreme Administrative Court (Conseil d’État, 1ère et 6ème sous-sections réunies), 21 June 2006, Confédération paysanne, n° 271450 This case illustrates enforcement by national Courts of EC State aid rules. Pursuant to article 88(3) EC, national courts have jurisdiction to uphold the rights of (...)

Charlotte-Mai Doremus, Dan Roskis, Noëlle Lenoir The French supreme Court holds that the fact that competitors have found alternative solutions to avoid detrimental effects of price squeezing of the telco incumbent is irrelevant to establish an abuse under Art. 82 EC (ETNA / France Telecom-SFR)


Background When an individual makes a call from a landline to a mobile phone, the call is first directed through a landline network until interconnection with the mobile network. Then the landline operator is relayed by the mobile operator which directs the call to the addressee and (...)

Charlotte-Mai Doremus, Jérôme Philippe A French Court concludes that the new motor vehicle block exemption regulation EC N° 1400/2002 amounts to a substantial change in the legal environment of car manufacturers justifying a complete reorganisation of distribution networks (Daimler-Chrysler/SO.PA.VI.A)


SO.PA.VI.A had been entrusted by Daimler Chrysler France with the exclusive distribution of new motor vehicles of the Mercedes Benz trademark in the Pau/Tarbes area (i. e. south-west of France), pursuant to an agreement of 25 September 1996 complying with the previous block exemption regulation (...)

Charlotte-Mai Doremus, Dan Roskis, Noëlle Lenoir The Paris Court of Appeal holds that Art. 81 EC does not apply to a hairdressing franchise national network and that the provided “clause d’agrément” does not amount to a hardcore restriction (Socovi / Jean-Louis David)


Background SARL SOCOVI, the franchisee, had entered into a franchising agreement with Jean Louis David SA, the franchisor, whereby the latter granted the former the right to run a franchise for the purposes of marketing hairdressing products and services. It included inter alia the right to (...)

Charlotte-Mai Doremus, Jérôme Philippe The Court of Appeal of Paris confirms absence of predatory pricing on the basis of ECJ case law (VIIV/Régie départementale des passages d’eau de la Vendée)


The “Régie départementale des passages d’eau de la Vendée” (“RDPEV”) is entrusted with the operation of a public service : it operates regular ferry services (both for passengers and for cargo and vehicles) between the mainland and l’Île d’Yeu (an island off the Atlantic coast of France) all year round. (...)

Charlotte-Mai Doremus, Jérôme Philippe The Paris Court of Appeal holds that a selective distribution system is compatible with EC Reg. n° 2790/1999 (LCJ Diffusion / La Roche Posay / Cosmétique Active France)


La Roche Posay is specialised in the manufacturing and marketing of dermo-cosmetics products and has established a selective distribution system throughout the European Economic Area (EEA). La Roche Posay and its distributor in France, Cosmétique Active France, brought an action against LCJ (...)

Charlotte-Mai Doremus, Jérôme Philippe The French Competition Council makes a rigorous analysis of the criteria of effect on trade between Member States and a broad application of the notion of agreement under Art. 81 EC and national provisions (Browning Winchester)


Browning Winchester France (”BW”), a manufacturer of guns and ammunitions, had set up a distribution network in France by entering into “pilot resellers’ agreements” with several gunsmiths. Pursuant to these agreements signed between 1997 and 2001, the gunsmiths undertook to order minimum volumes (...)

Charlotte-Mai Doremus, Jérôme Philippe La Cour de cassation confirme que, même lorsqu’il applique les articles 81 et 82 CE, le Conseil de la concurrence doit mettre en oeuvre les règles françaises de procédure (Pharma Lab, GlaxoSmithkline et Pfizer)


Dans l’affaire Pharma Lab, GlaxoSmithkline et Pfizer la société Pharma-Lab, grossiste-exportateur en spécialités pharmaceutiques, avait dénoncé auprès du Conseil de la concurrence des pratiques qu’elle estimait constitutives de refus de vente en vue de restreindre le commerce parallèle de médicaments. (...)