The Group Nasse Demeco, a leader on the house and office moving market, has just obtained a dismissal of the case before the French Competition Authority.
Contesting the legality of the Demeco network, two operators from the sector had referred the case to the Competition Authority in May 2014, claiming:
- on the one hand, that the Demeco partnership agreement contained several restrictions of competition (imposed prices, excessive length of exclusivity, discriminatory membership criteria) and that this was the basis of an anti-competitive cartel agreement; and
- on the other hand, that the Group Nasse Demeco had committed abuse of a dominant position by attempting to oppose the takeover of a former member’s partnership agreement by a new company on the grounds of an intuitu personae clause.
In its decision of May 15, 2017, the Competition Authority accepted all the defence arguments, considering that the partnership agreement clauses did not have any anticompetitive effect or purpose and that Demeco did not hold a dominant position on the relocation market.
The Competition Authority therefore dismissed the case and cleared the Group Nasse Demeco of any wrongdoing.