The French Competition Authority fines a manufacturer which prohibited internet sales by its distributors (Bang & Olufsen)

Ten years! It took no less than ten years to decide whether it is lawful for a manufacturer to prevent online sales to its distributors. Compared to the speed at which businesses evolve on the internet, that is as if the conduct subject to scrutiny lasted half a century… In February 2002, the French Competition Authority began investigating the practices of companies limiting or prohibiting their distributors from reselling their hi-fi products on the web. Three of the firms – Bose, Focal JM Lab and Triangle Industries – committed to change their practices in 2006. As the last one, Bang & Olufsen, did not take any

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Cédric Manara, The French Competition Authority fines a manufacturer which prohibited internet sales by its distributors (Bang & Olufsen), 12 December 2012, e-Competitions December 2012, Art. N° 50530

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