The French Competition Authority accepts a building games company’s commitments to correct price discrimination against online retailers (Lego)

While the rules on price discrimination lack clarity, the French competition Authority has missed the opportunity to do its part. In order to compensate for the price increase of its products, the Lego France company created a discount scheme for the benefit of its resellers. The discount rates were determined by ratings, corresponding to the fulfillment of various conditions. While this practice did not in itself hinder free competition, certain conditions appeared to be discriminatory. The discounts were indeed calculated on the basis of the number of shelves, on the share of toys directly withdrawn in store and on the presence of a paper catalog, which excluded de facto the digital operators. This difference of treatment led the German Competition Authority to launch an

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Gabriel Rateron, The French Competition Authority accepts a building games company’s commitments to correct price discrimination against online retailers (Lego), 27 January 2021, e-Competitions Exchange of information in associations of undertakings, Art. N° 99895

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