The Leeuwarden Dutch Court of Appeal refuses to grant the benefit of the EC vertical restraint block exemption Regulation to a selective distribution system in the bicycle sales market (Batavus)

Batavus B.V., a bicycle producer, had, for thirty years, a commercial relationship with a retailer, the respondent in the present case, which sold Batavus' brand bikes. In 2001, Batavus ceased to supply this retailer, which then turned to alternative Batavus dealers in order to obtain supplies. Shortly afterwards, Batavus set up a selective distribution network under which dealers were prohibited from selling the contract goods to retailers that were not member of the network. The question was put to the Gerechtshof of Leeuwarden (hereafter, “the Gerechtshof”) whether this selective distribution system was compatible with Article 6 of the

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  • European Commission - DG HR (Brussels)
  • Government of Albania (Tirana)

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Tristan Baumé, Marsela Maci, The Leeuwarden Dutch Court of Appeal refuses to grant the benefit of the EC vertical restraint block exemption Regulation to a selective distribution system in the bicycle sales market (Batavus), 2 March 2005, e-Competitions March 2005, Art. N° 197

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