The Paris Court of Appeal reduces by almost 99 percent the penalty imposed by the French Competition Authority on a manufacturer for prohibiting the sale of its products online to the members of its selective distribution network (Bang & Olufsen)

In its judgment of March 13, 2014, the Paris Court of appeal (Court of Appeal) reduced by almost 99 per cent the penalty imposed by the French Competition Authority (FCA) on Bang & Olufsen (B&O) in its decision of December 12, 2012 (Decision) for having, since 2001, prohibited the sale of its products online to the members of its selective distribution network. This leniency might indicate that it may be possible to restrict sales on the internet for highly technical products. In its Decision, the FCA subjected B&O, the only company concerned by the investigation which did not

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Lolita Berthol-Balladur, Sophie Pele, The Paris Court of Appeal reduces by almost 99 percent the penalty imposed by the French Competition Authority on a manufacturer for prohibiting the sale of its products online to the members of its selective distribution network (Bang & Olufsen), 13 March 2014, e-Competitions Vertical restrictions and e-commerce, Art. N° 72343

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