CONFERENCE: COMPETITION LAW – DISTRIBUTION – DISTRIBUTION NETWORKS - LARGE RETAIL SECTOR - INTERNET SALES - SALES SELECTIVE DISTRIBUTION

Recent case law in competition law and distribution law (Paris, December 14th, 2011)

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.

Actualités du droit de la concurrence et du droit de la distribution Paris, 14 décembre 2011 La distribution par internet après l’arrêt Pierre Fabre Louis Vogel Professeur de droit et Président, Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris II 1. C’est une question préjudicielle posée par la Cour d’appel de Paris qui a conduit à l’arrêt rendu par la Cour de justice le 13 octobre 2011 dans l’affaire Pierre Fabre. La question portait sur l’interprétation du Règlement n° 2790/1999 [1] et de l’article 81, § 3 CE [101, § 3 TFUE], et leur application à la vente en ligne dans le cadre de la distribution sélective. Reprenant, pour l’essentiel, le raisonnement développé par l’Autorité de la concurrence [2] et l’Avocat Général Mazak [3], la Cour a répondu qu’une interdiction de vente sur Internet dans un contrat de distribution

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  • University Paris II Panthéon‑Assas
  • Vogel & Vogel (Paris)
  • Vogel & Vogel (Paris)

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Jean-Bernard Blaise, Louis Vogel, Joseph Vogel, Recent case law in competition law and distribution law (Paris, December 14th, 2011), February 2012, Concurrences N° 1-2012, Art. N° 41917, www.concurrences.com

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