The EU Court of Justice rules in favour of restrictions on the use of platforms in a selective distribution system (Coty)

This article considers how much the Coty Ruling has shed light on the extent to which a manufacturer can restrict the sales of its products over online platforms, especially in the wake of the recent German Case involving ASICS and basic principles developed at EU level to assess obligations imposed on distributors in an SDS context. In May 2017, the Commission published its much anticipated Final Report on its E-Commerce Sector Inquiry, [1] launched as the competition law limb of its Digital Market Strategy. The Commission analysed e-commerce practices across the EU in relation to: (i) consumer goods; and (ii) digital content. In doing so, the Commission assessed prevailing market practices and potential competition barriers that might impede competition by restricting the growth of

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Peter Alexiadis, Jens-Olrik Murach, Balthasar Strunz, The EU Court of Justice rules in favour of restrictions on the use of platforms in a selective distribution system (Coty), 6 December 2017, e-Competitions Bulletin December 2017, Art. N° 86552

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