CASE COMMENTS: CARTELS – FRANCE - PAYMENT CARDS SYSTEM – EFFECTS

Restriction of competition: The General Court of the European Union rules, upon referral following a famous judgment by the Court of Justice of the European Union that clarified the concept of restriction of competition by object, that various mechanisms implemented by the leading payment cards system in France did have anticompetitive effects (Groupement des Cartes Bancaires)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. In a judgment of September 11, 2014, noted and commented on extensively, including in this Review Concurrences (Case C-67/13, CB v Commission, note M.B.-T.), the Court of Justice of the EU had put an end to what might appear to be a drift from the concept of restriction of competition "by object", which is widely used by the competition authorities for the evidentiary facilities it allows. The Court had recalled that this concept must be interpreted "restrictively" and that the essential criterion for determining whether coordination between undertakings entails such a restriction of competition "by object" was the "sufficient degree of harmfulness"

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Michel Debroux, Restriction of competition: The General Court of the European Union rules, upon referral following a famous judgment by the Court of Justice of the European Union that clarified the concept of restriction of competition by object, that various mechanisms implemented by the leading payment cards system in France did have anticompetitive effects (Groupement des Cartes Bancaires), 30 June 2016, Concurrences Nº 4-2016, Art. N° 82040, pp. 87-89

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