The French Competition Council inflicts fines for abuse of dominant position for offering loyalty rebates in the press distribution sector (NMPP)

On 27 January 2009 [1] , the French Competition Council (the "Council") fined Nouvelles Messageries de la Presse Parisienne ("NMPP") and its subsidiary, Société Auxiliaire pour l'Exploitation des Messageries Transports Presse ("TP"), for abusing their dominant position on the French press distribution market. Messageries Lyonnaises de Presse ("MLP"), sole competitor of NMPP/TP, lodged a complaint with the Council in which it accused NMPP/TP of infringing competition rules through the use of discriminatory practices and loyalty rebates between 1999 and 2003. The Council held that even though no evidence of discriminatory practices could be produced, NMPP and TP had abused their dominant position by offering loyalty rebates. Discriminatory practices The investigation showed that the

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  • Herbert Smith Freehills (Paris)
  • White & Case (Paris)

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Sergio Sorinas, Estelle Jegou, The French Competition Council inflicts fines for abuse of dominant position for offering loyalty rebates in the press distribution sector (NMPP), 27 janvier 2009, e-Competitions January 2009, Art. N° 26901

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