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Selective distribution for cosmetics and EU competition rules on online sales
  • Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale
  • European Union, France
  • March 16 2011

On March 3 2011 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) Advocate General Ján Mazák issued a nonbinding opinion on Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique SAS v Président de l'Autorité de la Concurrence and Ministre de l'Économie, de l'Industrie et de l'Emploi (Case C-43909

French legal and regulatory newsletter - January 2015
  • Hogan Lovells
  • France
  • February 16 2015

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory

Online hotel booking: less room for MFN clauses
  • DLA Piper LLP
  • European Union, France, Italy, Sweden
  • May 7 2015

On 21 April 2015 the Italian, Swedish and French competition authorities announced the achievement of a settlement with Booking.com, at the time

Most favored nation clauses under the microscope in France: part II
  • Bryan Cave LLP
  • France
  • June 2 2015

On 21 April 2015, the French Competition Authority ("FCA") issued its decision on Booking.com's revised commitments regarding price parity clauses

Opinion of the French Competition Authority on the competitive operation of the e-commerce sector
  • Bersay & Associes
  • France
  • November 26 2012

On 18 September 2012, the French Competition Authority (Autorité de la concurrence) published an opinion on e-commerce, setting out the findings of the sector inquiry it conducted in 2011

CJEU sends clear message that luxury brands cannot prevent retailers selling online
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • European Union, France
  • October 28 2011

On 13 October 2011, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down a judgment which makes it clear that a clause in a selective distribution agreement which operates as an absolute ban on internet sales has as its object the restriction of competition, and is therefore presumed to be unlawful

Court prevents music company from pulling out songs from online music service
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • France
  • November 3 2011

In a summary judgment dated 5 September 2011, the Paris Court rejected Universal's request to order Deezer, an online music service, to remove all of Universal's songs from Deezer's free music catalogue

Advocate General's opinion on absolute ban on internet sales in selective distribution agreements
  • A&L Goodbody
  • France
  • March 21 2011

Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique (PFDC) which is a manufacturer of cosmetic and personal care products, challenged the decision of the (now) Autorité de la Concurrence (French Competition Authority) before the Cour d'appel de Paris (Paris Court of Appeal) that PFDC's banning of all internet sales under its distribution agreements constituted anti-competitive agreements which infringed the French Commercial Code as well as EU competition law

EU court advisor recommends that prohibition on internet sales be per se infringement
  • Jones Day
  • European Union, France
  • March 10 2011

On March 3, 2011, Advocate General (AG) Mazák delivered an opinion to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique SAS (PFDC

French Competition Authority issues recommendations to warrant a real competition on the online gambling market
  • Ichay & Mullenex Avocats
  • France
  • January 20 2011

On January 20, 2011 the French Competition Authority issued its opinion on the potential competition issues likely to arise following the enactment of the law of May 12, 2010 which opened the online gambling sector to competition