CASE COMMENTS: UNILATERAL PRACTICES – FRANCE – ABUSE OF ECONOMIC DEPENDENCE – FINE

Abuse of economic dependance: The French Competition Authority fines an electronic product manufacturer for an abuse of economic dependence towards its distributors (Apple, Tech Data, Ingram)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article in French, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. In a decision dated 16 March 2020 (not available at the time of writing; see press release), the Authority fined Apple €1.1 billion for practices concerning the distribution of its products (excluding iPhones) in France. Its wholesalers Tech Data and Ingram Micro were also fined €76.1 million and €62.9 million respectively. This decision is the result of a seven-year investigation that began with search and seizure operations carried out in 2013 at the premises of Apple and its wholesalers. If it is historic in terms of the amount of the sanction against Apple, what about the analysis of the practices themselves? This is what will be the focus of

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Anne Wachsmann, Nicolas Zacharie, Abuse of economic dependance: The French Competition Authority fines an electronic product manufacturer for an abuse of economic dependence towards its distributors (Apple, Tech Data, Ingram), 16 March 2020, Concurrences N° 2-2020, Art. N° 94699, pp. 92-93

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