The Paris Court of Appeal fully endorses the application by the French competition authority of its fining guidelines (Nestle Purina Petcare / Royal Canin / Hill’s Pet Putrition)

Introduction The Paris Court of Appeal reviewed and rejected an appeal against the decision of the French competition authority (the ADLC) sanctioning vertical restraints in the cat and dog food market. The Court upheld the ADLC's decision finding various anticompetitive practices on the market and imposing a 35.3 million euro fine. The Court of Appeal fully endorsed and applied the Guidelines on the imposition of fines (the Guidelines) published and followed by the ADLC since 2011 [1]. This convergence of views between the Court and the Authority on the rules for the imposition of sanctions paves the way for greater legal certainty in the future. Background In 2012, Nestlé Purina Petcare France (NPPF), Royal Canin, and Hill's Pet Nutrition (Hill's), along with their parent

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  • Herbert Smith Freehills (Paris)

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Sergio Sorinas, The Paris Court of Appeal fully endorses the application by the French competition authority of its fining guidelines (Nestle Purina Petcare / Royal Canin / Hill’s Pet Putrition), 10 October 2013, e-Competitions Bulletin October 2013, Art. N° 68787

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