Rebates: The French Competition Council enjoins press distributors to suspend agreements granting conditional rebates to retailers (Messageries Lyonnaises de Presse et Agora Diffusion Presse)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article.

Competition Council orders courier companies to suspend agreements granting conditional rebates to broadcasters

– Conc. conc. dec. no. 06-MC-01 of 23 February 2006 relating to a request for precautionary measures presented by the companies Messageries Lyonnaises de Presse and Agora Diffusion Presse Loyalty rebates are at the heart of the current debates on the application of Article 82 EC at Community level and its national equivalents. According to the Michelin judgment (Case T-203/01), rebates are anti-competitive unless their structure reflects the cost structure of the dominant undertaking granting them. This criterion, which is very restrictive because it amounts to a prohibition of almost all rebate schemes, has attracted much critical comment (see for example three articles in "A Symposium on Loyalty Rebates", Competition Policy International, vol. 1(2), Autumn 2005; and Denis Waelbroeck,

Access to this article is restricted to subscribers

Already Subscribed? Sign-in

Access to this article is restricted to subscribers.

Read one article for free

Sign-up to read this article for free and discover our services.