CASE COMMENTS: UNILATERAL PRACTICES – FRANCE – ABUSE OF ECONOMIC DEPENDENCE – CONDEMNETION – DISTRIBUTION – CALCULATION OF THE FINE

Abuse of economic dependence: The French Competition Authority fines a company for abuse of economic dependence in the distribution of computer products and consumer electronic equipment (Apple, Tech Data, Ingram Micro)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. On 16 March 2020, after seven years of investigation, the French Competition Authority fined Apple and two wholesalers, Tech Data and Ingram Micro, a record amount of nearly €1.14 billion for practices implemented in the distribution of Apple-branded products. Text The publication of this decision, on June 15, invites us to reconsider the arguments of the parties involved. As a reminder, three practices were at issue: A breakdown of products and customers ; A practice of fixed selling prices; An abuse of economic dependence on so-called "premium" resellers. As regards the first practice in question, Apple was accused of having carried out de facto

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Marie Cartapanis, Abuse of economic dependence: The French Competition Authority fines a company for abuse of economic dependence in the distribution of computer products and consumer electronic equipment (Apple, Tech Data, Ingram Micro), 16 March 2020, Concurrences N° 4-2020, Art. N° 97561, pp. 134-137

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