In a decision of March 16, 2020, the French Competition Authority (Autorité de la concurrence, hereinafter “FCA”) imposed a €1,1 billion fine on the Apple group (“Apple”) for (i) engaging in a series of vertical restrictions of competition within its distribution network and (ii) abusing the economic dependence of its premium independent resellers (the Apple Premium Resellers or “APRs”) with regard to its products other than the Iphone in France. The FCA also fined Apple’s two wholesalers, the companies Tech Data and Ingram Micro, for engaging in one of the anticompetitive practices, €76,1 million and €62,9 million respectively. This decision followed a complaint filed in April 2012 by the company eBizcuss.com (“eBizcuss”), a distributor with the APR status, and an 8-year investigation by the FCA
The French Competition Authority fines a Big Tech company a record €1B and its wholesalers €139M for a series of vertical restrictions within the distribution network and abuse of economic dependence (Apple / Tech Data / Ingram Micro)
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