The French Supreme Court clarifies the standard of proof applicable to collective dominance pursuant to Art. 82 EC and its French equivalent (Lafarge Ciments / Vicat)

On 7 July 2009, the French Supreme Court rebutted a case dated 6 May 2008 by the Paris Court of Appeal partially annulling a decision by the French National Competition Authority (the “NCA”) sanctioning two French cement manufacturers, Lafarge and Vicat, and their main distributors in Corsica for infringement of Articles 81 and 82 EC and their French equivalents. Background In a decision dated 12 March 2007 [1] , the NCA fined Lafarge and Vicat and their Corsican distributors on two main grounds. First, the NCA ruled that Lafarge and Vicat had concluded two anticompetitive agreements with the Corsican Union of distributors-wholesalers contrary to Article 81 EC. One of the agreements provided that Union members would purchase cement from Lafarge or Vicat for most of their needs for at

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  • Juliette Goyer Avocat (Paris)
  • Belgium Competition Authority (Brussels)

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Juliette Goyer, Suzanne Jude, The French Supreme Court clarifies the standard of proof applicable to collective dominance pursuant to Art. 82 EC and its French equivalent (Lafarge Ciments / Vicat), 7 juillet 2009, e-Competitions July 2009, Art. N° 28261

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