The French Competition Authority refuses to condemn companies specialized in medical technologies despite their parallel behaviour (Ethicon / Tyco Healthcare France / Syndicat national des industries technologies médicales)

On the 29th August 2005 the Minister of Economy referred a case to the French Competition Authority (Autorité de la Concurrence) concerning observed parallelism in price operated by Ethicon SAS (Ethicon), Tyco Healthcare France (Tyco) and the national trade union of industries specialised in medical technologies (the trade union or SNITEM) that would amount to infringements caught under both articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) but eventuallyany of the firms were found to have infringed any of these provisions. According to the Minister of Economy the alleged practices amounted to a cartel, which would be caught under national provisions and article 101 of the TFEU. The possible existence of a tacit collusion was also considered under the

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Nawal Hssinou, The French Competition Authority refuses to condemn companies specialized in medical technologies despite their parallel behaviour (Ethicon / Tyco Healthcare France / Syndicat national des industries technologies médicales), 17 December 2009, e-Competitions December 2009, Art. N° 34788

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