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New relations between Productors and Distributors after the Dutreil Law and Circular

The so-called "Dutreil" French Law dated 2 August 2005 and its notice/circular dated 8 December 2005 have substantially changed the relationships between producers and distributors. These 5 contributions, including counsels, in house lawyers points of view and an article from an official from the DGCCRF, aim at clarifying the new rules (1 contribution in English).

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. BETWEEN CONTRACTUAL FREEDOM AND RESPONSIBILITY OF THE ACTORS Jean-Louis GERARD Head of the Bureau of Restrictive Competition Practices and Legal Affairs, DGCCRFB The main objective of Title VI of the Law of 2 August 2005 in favour of SMEs is to curb the development of back margins by offering operators the means to lower resale prices to consumers. The law establishes a more protective formal framework that brings into play the responsibility of the partners in the commercial relationship while leaving a large place to contractual freedom. These principles find expression both in the implementation of the commercial policy of the supplier (I) and that of

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Pierre Kirch, Hervé Delannoy, Dominique Ferré, Jean-Louis Gérard, Isabelle Jamnet, New relations between Productors and Distributors after the Dutreil Law and Circular, February 2006, Concurrences N° 1-2006, Art. N° 869, pp. 11-26

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