The German Competition Authority adopts decision on exclusive distribution and non-compete clauses for chemical products (Merck, VWR International)

In a recently published decision of 14 July 2009, the German Competition Authority found that an agreement between Merck and VWR International Europe (“VWR”) for the distribution of chemical products used by laboratories was contrary to Article 81 EC and the equivalent provision of German law. Moreover, the decision further found that this agreement was also contrary to the German rule prohibiting abuse of economic dependence. Merck manufactures, among others, chemical products for laboratories. VWR is the leader in the distribution of

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Andrzej Kmiecik, The German Competition Authority adopts decision on exclusive distribution and non-compete clauses for chemical products (Merck, VWR International), 14 July 2009, e-Competitions Bulletin July 2009, Art. N° 32012

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