CASE COMMENT : DISTRIBUTION OF MOTOR VEHICLES - PARALLEL IMPORTS - COMMERCIAL AID - ANTICOMPETITIVE PURPOSE OR EFFECT

Parallel imports : The French Supreme Court validates the practice of the motor vehicle supplier consisting in the payment of commercial aids to its distributors affected by parallel imports (Peugeot)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Cass. com, January 17, 2006, Syndicat des professionnels européens de l'automobile v. Société Automobile Peugeot, Appeal No. 04-19.092 Facts The European Automobile Trades Union (SPEA) criticised the car manufacturer PSA for having implemented measures with the object or effect of limiting off-network imports. PSA was blamed for having: Introduction of "import pressure" aid for dealers facing competition from agents and independent resellers; Exerted pressure and sanctions against foreign dealers in the network who supply intermediaries and independent resellers ; Set up a procedure for monitoring foreign dealers' order forms in order to disadvantage

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Dominique Ferré, Parallel imports : The French Supreme Court validates the practice of the motor vehicle supplier consisting in the payment of commercial aids to its distributors affected by parallel imports (Peugeot), 17 January 2006, Concurrences N° 2-2006, Art. N° 27759, www.concurrences.com

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