The Paris Court of Appeal holds that the ban on resale outside the network may apply to registered cars and discrimination is no longer prohibited per se (General Motors France, Bigorre Services Automobiles and Navarre Services Automobiles)

On 27 May 2009, the Paris Court of Appeal rendered a judgment that is of great interest with regard to two competition law issues. In respect of sales outside the network by distributors :- under Block Exemption Regulation n° 1400/2002 [1] on the application of Article 81(3) of the Treaty to automobile agreements, the exemption applies to the restriction of sales of new motor vehicles and spare parts to unauthorised distributors by members of a selective distribution system. However, the debated question is how should “new motor vehicles” be interpreted. In respect of the consequences of discrimination since entry into force of the LME law of 4 August 2008 : - under French law, discriminatory practices previously constituted a per se infringement under certain conditions, applying

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Joseph Vogel, The Paris Court of Appeal holds that the ban on resale outside the network may apply to registered cars and discrimination is no longer prohibited per se (General Motors France, Bigorre Services Automobiles and Navarre Services Automobiles), 27 May 2009, e-Competitions Bulletin Automobile, Art. N° 28752

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