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Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Settlement: The Competition Authority Clarifies the Course of the Procedure

On Dec. 21, 2018, the French Competition Authority (the Authority) released a procedural notice on the settlement in order to clarify the implementation of this procedure. The settlement procedure set out in Article L. 464-2,...more

Dentons

Competition Newsletter January 2019

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The General Court of the European Union partially annuls the Commission’s decision condemning Servier for anti-generic practices - On December 12, 2018, the General Court of the European Union partially annulled the...more

Jones Day

Antitrust Alert: The French Competition Authority Publishes Guidance on Settlement Procedures

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In December 2018, the French Competition Authority ("FCA") published a notice clarifying the FCA's settlement procedure in competition cases ("Notice"). The FCA’s General Rapporteur may offer settlement to companies that...more

Dentons

Competition Newsletter December 2018

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Gun-jumping: Do’s & Don'ts - Gun-jumping practices are at the center of competition law news in this autumn 2018. After the record fines imposed on Altice by the French Competition Authority in November 2016 and by the...more

Garvey Schubert Barer

OTA & Travel Distribution Update: French authorities to examine travel platforms' pricing practices; tour operators' cooperation...

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Is it just my generally biased view of online travel platforms or are regulators finally taking a hard look at the sometimes questionable practices of these channels? Enjoy....more

Dentons

Competition Newsletter October/November 2018

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The European Commission fined four consumer electronics manufacturers for fixing online resale prices - On July 24, 2016, the European Commission imposed fines totaling €111 million on Asus, Denon & Marantz, Philips and...more

Hogan Lovells

The French Competition Authority sanctions for the first time an operator of the health industry for abusive price increases

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The French Competition Authority ("FCA") found that Sanicorse, a monopoly provider of services to hospitals in Corsica, abused its dominant position by having imposed significant, sudden and unjustified price increases upon...more

Dentons

Competition Newsletter August 2018

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The Minister of Economy intervenes to authorize the takeover of William Saurin by Cofigeo without divestment of assets - For the first time since the reform of the merger control system in 2008, the Minister of Economy...more

Dentons

Competition Newsletter June 2018

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Gun jumping: The Court of Justice of the European Union states that the early implementation of operations incidental to a merger which do not themselves result in a lasting change in the control of a company is not...more

White & Case LLP

Further details about the upcoming French merger control reform

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Brief reminder of the context - On October 20, 2017 the French Competition Authority (FCA) has launched a public consultation to modernize and simplify French merger control regime. This public consultation covered three...more

Dentons

Competition Newsletter April 2018

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Selective distribution: The Paris Court of Appeal applies the principles defined by the Court of Justice of the European Union in the Coty preliminary ruling - In a decision opposing Coty France to the online sales...more

Jones Day

Antitrust Alert: French Competition Authority Concludes Online Advertising Sector Inquiry And Announces Possible Further Actions

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The French Competition Authority ("FCA") has published the results of its sector-specific inquiry into display online advertising. The 125-page opinion of March 6, 2018, ("Opinion") identifies potential competition concerns...more

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

EU Retail News - February 2018

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Do You Need to Appoint a Data Protection Officer in Your Organisation? Under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), any company that monitors individuals on a "large scale" or has "large scale" collections of...more

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

A Heavy Burden: French Company Held Liable for Infringement of Competition Law by Subsidiary Due to Failure to Prove Independence

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It is settled law that the fact that a subsidiary has separate legal personality is not sufficient to exclude the possibility of its anti-competitive conduct being imputed to the parent company. The European Court of Justice...more

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

EU & Competition Law Update - February 2018

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Does the EU’s Qualcomm fine represent efficient justice? As widely reported, on 24 January 2018, the EU Commission fined Qualcomm €997m for abusing its dominant position in LTE baseband chipsets....more

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

French Competition Authority Ends 2017 With a Bang

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The French Competition Authority (“FCA”) ended the year with two punitive decisions: in both cases, the parties were severely sanctioned for obstructionist behavior. In the first decision dated 20 December 2017, the FCA...more

McDermott Will & Emery

French Competition Authority Fines a Pharmaceutical Laboratory EUR 25 Million for Anti-Generic Practices

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On 20 December 2017, the French Competition Authority (the FCA) imposed a EUR 25 million fine on a pharmaceutical laboratory, for delaying entry onto the market of the generic version of Durogesic, and for hindering its...more

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

No More Sweeping Anti-competitive Practices Under the Carpet

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In a decision dated 18 October 2017, the French Competition Authority (FCA) imposed a record fine on the “resilient floor covering cartel” (one of the seven biggest fines in the history of the FCA), totalling 302 million...more

Dentons

Competition News November 2017

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On October 18, 2017, the French Competition Authority penalized the three main producers of PVC and linoleum floor covering and their professional trade union (SFEC) with up to €302 million for the organization of a cartel...more

Hogan Lovells

The French Competition Authority Wants to Lower Prices of Pharmaceuticals

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On November 21, 2017, the French Competition Authority (“FCA”) announced the launch of a new sector inquiry relating to the functioning of competition in the pharmaceutical sector....more

Hogan Lovells

The French Competition Authority wants to lower prices of pharmaceuticals

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On November 21, 2017, the French Competition Authority ("FCA") announced the launch of a new sector inquiry relating to the functioning of competition in the pharmaceutical sector....more

McDermott Will & Emery

Significant Fine Imposed by the French Competition Authority in Floor Coverings Cartel

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On October 19, 2017, the French Competition Authority (the “FCA”) imposed a EUR 302 million fine on the three leading companies in the PVC and linoleum floor coverings sector; Forbo, Gerflor and Tarkett, as well as the...more

Dentons

Competition News - September 2017

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A look back on a decision imposing a fine on Facebook for having provided the European Commission with inaccurate information on its acquisition of WhatsApp - On May 18, 2017, the European Commission imposed a €110 million...more

Dentons

Competition News - June 2017

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Admissibility before the CJEU of evidence communicated by national authorities during a tax investigation - In a case of unlawful agreement on the banana market, the Court of Justice of European Union (“CJEU”) had the...more

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

EU & Competition Law Update – June 2017

Hope for a Cleaner Brexit After ECJ Ruling - In a ruling which is likely to have positive implications for a possible Brexit deal, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 16 May 2017 opened up the ability of the EU...more

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