The French Competition Authority fines a cosmetics manufacturer for prohibiting its selective distributors from selling its products on the internet (Pierre Fabre)

On 29 October 2008, the French French Competition Council (Conseil de la concurrence) (the “Council") fined Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique, a cosmetics and personal hygiene products manufacturer, 17,000 Euros for having prohibited its selective distributors from selling products made by its subsidiaries Klorane, Avène, Galénic and Ducray on the Internet. The context In March 2007 [1], the Council issued a first decision under which several cosmetics and hygiene products manufacturers, who prohibited their selected distributors from selling online, committed to enabling their approved distributors to sell on the Internet. By contrast, Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique, the leading company on the market, refused to amend the clauses of its selective distribution agreements for the distribution

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  • Simmons & Simmons (Paris)
  • Hewlett Packard (Boulogne-Billancourt)

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Ombline Ancelin, Charles Saumon, The French Competition Authority fines a cosmetics manufacturer for prohibiting its selective distributors from selling its products on the internet (Pierre Fabre), 29 October 2008, e-Competitions October 2008, Art. N° 22998

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