CASE COMMENT : ANTICOMPETITIVE PRACTICES - SELECTIVE DISTRIBUTION - EXCLUSIVITY CLAUSE - PARTITIONING OF THE MARKET

Selective distribution: The French Competition Council decides on the validity of national exclusive purchasing clauses (NGK Spark Plugs)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Facts A supplier of spark plugs with a dominant position on this market has set up a selective distribution system for its products. He's being blamed for this: To have agreed, with its distributors, on the resale price of its products; To have applied, in a discriminatory manner, the selection criteria for its network; To have partitioned the national market by means of an exclusive national purchasing clause in its selective distribution contracts. Out of all the objections notified, the Competition Council accepted the one relating to the partitioning of the national market, and penalised the supplier for anti-competitive agreements on that

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Marie Koehler de Montblanc, Selective distribution: The French Competition Council decides on the validity of national exclusive purchasing clauses (NGK Spark Plugs), 21 July 2006, Concurrences N° 4-2006, Art. N° 27397, www.concurrences.com

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