CASE COMMENTS: CARTELS – FRANCE – VERTICAL RESTRAINTS – RESALE PRICE MAINTENANCE – ALLOCATION OF PRODUCTS AND CLIENTS – ABUSE OF ECONOMIC DEPENDENCE – FINES

Fine: The French Competition Authority imposes heavy fines on an undertaking and its two largest wholesalers for collusion and resale price maintenance practices (Apple, Tech Data, Ingram Micro)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. This column was previously reported (Concurrences 2-2020, p. 82, M.D. note.) of the decision of 4 March 2020 by which the Authority sanctioned Apple and its two main wholesalers in France to the tune of EUR 1,24 billion (including EUR 1,1 billion for Apple ) for a series of practices implemented within the distribution network for Apple electronic products, excluding the iPhone. This is to date the largest individual sanction ever imposed by the Authority, which is largely explained by the size ofApple's turnover, a company whose "extraordinary dimension" is emphasised in the Authority's press release. More specifically, three practices were blamed on

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Michel Debroux, Fine: The French Competition Authority imposes heavy fines on an undertaking and its two largest wholesalers for collusion and resale price maintenance practices (Apple, Tech Data, Ingram Micro), 4 March 2020, Concurrences N° 4-2020, Art. N° 97553, pp. 127-128

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