The Paris Court of Appeal confirms the NCA’s decision sanctioning hotels for operating an illegal cartel by exchanging confidential commercial information (Parisian palaces)

In a decision dated 26 September 2006, the Paris Court of Appeal (the Court) confirmed in all respects the Competition Council's decision of 25 November 2005, imposing heavy fines totalling nearly €710,000 on six Parisian palace hotels [1], for exchanging confidential commercial information about their respective activities, including some elements needed to put together their respective marketing plans [2]. As a reminder, pursuant to a special report on Parisian luxury hotels shown in a TV programme, the Competition Council began proceedings ex officio in 2001 with a view to examining the state of competition in the luxury hotel sector. In the meantime, the DGCCRF carried out searches and seizures. In 2003, on the basis of this investigation, the Minister of Economy referred the

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Jérôme Philippe, Mathilde Mason Alline, The Paris Court of Appeal confirms the NCA’s decision sanctioning hotels for operating an illegal cartel by exchanging confidential commercial information (Parisian palaces), 26 September 2006, e-Competitions September 2006, Art. N° 12619

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