The French Competition Council accepts commitments to modify selective distribution agreements as regards access to the network and advertising on the Internet (Festina)

The Bijourama Company is specialized in the sale of time pieces, jewellery and silversmith's pieces exclusively on the internet. Bijourama submitted a referral to the French Competition Council on October 13th, 2005. The company complained about the refusal of Festina France (a subsidiary of the Festina Lotus group) to grant it access to its selective distribution network for watches. Bijourama stressed that the refusal was discriminatory and illegitimate. It added that the selective distribution agreement of Festina France was illegal as it excluded a certain form of distribution, i.e. internet sales.

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Laura Cerny, François Doridou, The French Competition Council accepts commitments to modify selective distribution agreements as regards access to the network and advertising on the Internet (Festina), 24 July 2006, e-Competitions July 2006, Art. N° 12128

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