CASE COMMENT: UNILATERAL PRACTICES - LOYALTY REBATES

Loyalty rebates: The French Competition Council condemns Royal Canin for loyalty-inducing rebates in the market of dry food for dogs sold through specialized retailers (Royal Canin)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Conc. dec. no. 05-D-32 of 22 June 2005 relating to practices implemented by Royal Canin and its distribution network The present case raises interesting issues as to the role of distribution channels in the definition of the relevant market and as to the Competition Council's room for manoeuvre in relation to the market delineations already adopted by the European Commission. It is also an opportunity for the Council to apply well-established case law at both French and Community level on loyalty rebates (Cons. conc., Etude sur les remises, rabais et ristournes en droit de la concurrence, Rapport annuel pour 2004, p.85). It should be noted that only the

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Anne Wachsmann, Loyalty rebates: The French Competition Council condemns Royal Canin for loyalty-inducing rebates in the market of dry food for dogs sold through specialized retailers (Royal Canin), 22 June 2005, Concurrences N° 3-2005, Art. N° 1174, pp. 75-77

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