This set of three contributions are derived from the conference on "competition law and distribution" organized in Paris the December 14, 2011 by Concurrences Review and Vogel & Vogel. For Louis Vogel, author of the first contribution, the Court of Justice states in the Pierre Fabre case that an absolute ban on Internet sales is prohibited under competition law, even in a selective distribution system. As it seems impossible for this prohibition to benefit from an exemption, suppliers must adapt their sales’ conditions for Internet distribution in order to protect their network. For Joseph Vogel, author of the second contribution, the negotiations for 2012 between the large retail sector and its suppliers are difficult. Both the contractual framework and the substantial clauses are subject to renewed difficulties. This situation requires the implementation of relevant commercial and legal actions. In the last contribution, Mr. Jean Bernard Blaise explains the two main types of configuration of distribution networks: simple and complex.
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