The European Court of Justice rules on selective distribution on the motor vehicles industry (Auto 24)

Clear roads ahead? Judgment on selective distribution systems from the European Court of Justice* In a judgment handed down on June 14, 2012 (C-158/11 Auto 24), the EU Court of Justice (“CJEU”) confirmed that suppliers operating selective distribution systems (“SDSs”) are under no obligation to publish the criteria used to appoint distributors, and that a car manufacturer using a SDS based on quantitative criteria is under no obligation to apply these criteria in a uniform manner, or to ensure that these criteria are objectively justified. Whilst the proceedings relate to a case brought in respect of the Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation (MVBER), the CJEU’s judgment may have meaning for the assessment of other types of SDSs. At a time when selective distribution is under attack

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  • Baker McKenzie (Brussels)

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Gavin Bushell, The European Court of Justice rules on selective distribution on the motor vehicles industry (Auto 24), 14 June 2012, e-Competitions Bulletin Automobile, Art. N° 47302

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