On 27 January 2021, the French Competition Authority (“FCA”) accepted the commitments offered by Lego France (“Lego”) after an investigation into the alleged bias towards brick-and-mortar stores resulting from Lego’s functional discount scheme. In order to resolve the case, the toy manufacturer pledged to amend a number of the conditions that distributors needed to meet in order to qualify for certain discount rates available under the scheme, which were judged by the FCA to create disproportionate and unjustified obstacles to the competitiveness of, in particular, distributors which only sell online (so-called ‘pure players’). By way of background, in 2013 Lego increased the price of its products by 15%, while
The French Competition Authority accepts a price discount system for commitments intended to protect pure players (Lego)
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