La Roche Posay is specialised in the manufacturing and marketing of dermo-cosmetics products and has established a selective distribution system throughout the European Economic Area (EEA). La Roche Posay and its distributor in France, Cosmétique Active France, brought an action against LCJ Diffusion alleging unfair trading and parasitic practices on the grounds that LCJ Diffusion, an unauthorised retailer, had gotten supplies from a pharmacy which wasn't itself part of La Roche Posay's selective distribution system. LCJ Diffusion counterargued that La Roche Posay's selective distribution system did not fall within the scope of Commission Regulation n° 2790/1999, of 22 December 1999 on the application of Article 81(3) of the Treaty to categories of vertical agreements and concerted
The Paris Court of Appeal holds that a selective distribution system in the dermo-cosmetics products sector is compatible with EC Reg. n° 2790/1999 (La Roche Posay)
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