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The Administrative Court of Appeal of Athens quashes a decision of the Competition Authority ruling that a refusal to integrate into a cosmetics selective distribution network undertakings not providing for dispensing chemists constituted a disproportionate requirement on the basis of both EC and Greek competition laws (Lavicosmetica)

The case relates to a recourse brought by Lavicosmetica Cosmetique Active Hellas A.E. (hereafter Lavicosmetica) against the decision of the Hellenic Competition Commission considering that its refusal to integrate into its selective distribution network of cosmetics the department stores Hondos Center by reason of not providing for dispensing chemists constitutes an infringement of Article 1 of Law 703/1977. In particular, in April 1999, the department stores Hondos Center brought to the Hellenic Competition Commission a complaint accusing, among others, Lavicosmetica of refusing to supply its Vichy and La Roche Posay cosmetics to three out of a total of sixteen Hondos Center department stores. Lavicosmetica argued that the department stores in question did not provide for the

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Vassiliki Koumpli, The Administrative Court of Appeal of Athens quashes a decision of the Competition Authority ruling that a refusal to integrate into a cosmetics selective distribution network undertakings not providing for dispensing chemists constituted a disproportionate requirement on the basis of both EC and Greek competition laws (Lavicosmetica), 30 novembre 2004, e-Competitions November 2004, Art. N° 489

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