CASE COMMENTS: CARTELS – FRANCE – RESALE PRICE MAINTENANCE – CONTINUED AND REPEATED INFRINGEMENT – LENIENCY

Resale price maintenance: The French Competition Authority fines household appliance manufacturers for having agreed on resale prices recommended to their distributors, a practice it chooses to qualify as ‘continued and repeated’, because of a period of suspension during its implementation (Household appliances)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article in French, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. The Competition Authority, informed of the disputed practices by the DGCCRF, which provided it with evidence, sanctioned two cartels between household appliance manufacturers. The practice led to cost increases borne by distributors and kitchen manufacturers. The extent of the additional costs paid by them and the degree of the impact on the final consumer have not been precisely assessed. It must be said that, as the Authority points out, the sector was faced with a particular context, from which it follows that collusion prevented price reductions rather than caused price increases. Agreement on Recommended Resale Prices First, the Authority

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Anne-Sophie Choné-Grimaldi, Resale price maintenance: The French Competition Authority fines household appliance manufacturers for having agreed on resale prices recommended to their distributors, a practice it chooses to qualify as ‘continued and repeated’, because of a period of suspension during its implementation (Household appliances), 5 December 2018, Concurrences N° 1-2019, Art. N° 89519, pp. 82-83

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