ALERTS: CARTELS – PRICE COORDINATION - DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT – ABUSE OF ECONOMIC DEPENDENCE

Fine: The French Competition Authority sentences a multinational undertaking and its wholesalers to a record fine for conspiracy and abuse of economic dependence (Apple / Tech Data / Ingram Micro)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. This Decision will mark a decisive turning point in the decision-making practice of the Competition Authority (the Authority) in two respects. Firstly, because the French competition police force is imposing the highest financial penalty ever imposed in a case (EUR 1.24 billion) and Apple alone has been fined a record fine for an economic operator (EUR 1.1 billion). Secondly, and above all, because the offence of abuse of economic dependence is constituted, a first since the Authority was set up in 2009. Facts. In 2012, eBizcuss, a distributor of high-end specialised Apple products (known as APR for "Apple Premium Resseller"), brought a case before the

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Lucas Bettoni, Fine: The French Competition Authority sentences a multinational undertaking and its wholesalers to a record fine for conspiracy and abuse of economic dependence (Apple / Tech Data / Ingram Micro), 16 March 2020, Concurrences N° 2-2020, Art. N° 95233, www.concurrences.com

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