The French Competition Authority imposes a record-breaking fine of €1.1 billion on a big tech company for engaging in restriction of resale opportunities, coordinating on prices and imposing unfair terms on its retailers (Apple / Tech Data / Ingram Micro)

According to a press release of 16 March 2020, the French Competition Authority (the “FCA”) imposed a record-breaking fine of € 1.1 billion on Apple for anticompetitive practices in the distribution of Apple products (excluding iPhones). These practices included: (i) restricting resale opportunities for Apple wholesalers; (ii) coordinating prices between Apple’s own stores and independent retailers; and (iii) imposing unfair terms & conditions on Apple retailers. Apple’s two approved wholesalers, Tech Data and Ingram Micro, were also fined € 76.1 million and € 62.9 million respectively. The total fine imposed on the three parties is the highest fine imposed by the FCA in a single case to date. By way of background, Apple’s distribution system in France includes two wholesalers and

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Andrzej Kmiecik, The French Competition Authority imposes a record-breaking fine of €1.1 billion on a big tech company for engaging in restriction of resale opportunities, coordinating on prices and imposing unfair terms on its retailers (Apple / Tech Data / Ingram Micro), 16 March 2020, e-Competitions March 2020, Art. N° 94005

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