The Paris Court of Appeal specifies a manufacturer’s right to deny access to its selective distribution network to an applicant distributor in the electronic product market in compliance with competition law and civil law (Sony Europe / Concurrence)

This case concerned a consumer electronics manufacturer and a distributor between whom the relationship was particularly conflicting. A large number of commercial disputes were brought before the courts by the distributor to obtain the right to distribute the manufacturer's products. Even though the distributor claimed to fulfil the selection criteria to access the selective distribution network, it was denied by the manufacturer due to the conflicting nature of the commercial relationship. The manufacturer of a product may wish to select its distributors in order notably to closely monitor resale conditions of the products and protect its brand image. This may result in the creation of a selective distribution network, or the transformation of an existing distribution network into a

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Charles Meteaut, Alexandre Glatz, The Paris Court of Appeal specifies a manufacturer’s right to deny access to its selective distribution network to an applicant distributor in the electronic product market in compliance with competition law and civil law (Sony Europe / Concurrence), 12 December 2018, e-Competitions Bulletin December 2018, Art. N° 89274

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