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

by McDermott Will & Emery on

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

Implications of the Coty Case in France: a Favourable Environment for Network Heads

by Reed Smith on

The Court of Justice’s judgment in Coty constitutes a shift from what has been EU and French decisional practice in recent years, which tended to favour the development of e-commerce over the protection of brand owners. This...more

No More Sweeping Anti-competitive Practices Under the Carpet

by Bryan Cave on

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

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

The French Competition Authority Wants to Lower Prices of Pharmaceuticals

by Hogan Lovells on

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

Breaking News Paris Court of Appeal Grants Legal Privilege Protection

by Reed Smith on

On 8 November 2017, the Paris Court of Appeal decided that emails between in-house counsels relating to the defence strategy set up by the company’s outside counsels, although they neither originated from, nor were addressed...more

The French Competition Authority wants to lower prices of pharmaceuticals

by Hogan Lovells on

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

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

by McDermott Will & Emery on

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

Big data may become big antitrust concern

by DLA Piper on

Big data is transforming business, and increasingly, it is becoming a subject of concern for antitrust authorities. So far, much of the focus has come from European regulators, who are beginning to consider the role of big...more

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

Investigations in the Healthcare Sector by the French Competition Authority: Drugmakers’ Potential “Excessive Pricing” At Stake

by Reed Smith on

French competition authority to start investigations into potentially “excessive prices” in the healthcare market in the next weeks, following increasing scrutiny across Europe. On 3 July 2017, the president of the French...more

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

EU & Competition Law Update – June 2017

by Bryan Cave on

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

EU Competition Newsletter - May 2017

by Bryan Cave on

We have followed over the last years Europe grappling with the issue of most favoured nation clauses and hotel booking. Our last update regarded a joint monitoring project between the CMA and the European Commission, designed...more

Competition News - May 2017

by Dentons on

Transposition by France of the European Directive on compensating harm caused by anticompetitive practices - On March 9, 2017, France adopted, a little late, the texts transposing the directive of November 26, 2014, whose...more

EU Competition Newsletter - April 2017

by Bryan Cave on

The Brexit referendum result in June last year created many uncertainties for the British economy and continues to do so. In this Breakfast Seminar, Robert Bell will focus his remarks on what he sees will be the likely...more

France Becomes an Attractive Forum for Antitrust Follow-On Damages Claims

by Reed Smith on

Companies often associate competition rules with public enforcement. However, competition law can also be a source of compensation. The new French Order and Decree, which together implement Directive 2014/104/EU on actions...more

French Competition Authority Determines That Certain Information Exchanges Are Acceptable

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The decision gives useful guidance on what type of information exchanges are compatible with antitrust rules - Key Points: ..The extent and the types of information that can be exchanged between competitors without...more

No hiding a cartel under a joint venture marketing company

by Bryan Cave on

We are used to companies being fined for cartels acting undercover to agree on prices or other market parameters. What about companies openly agreeing together through a joint venture company?...more

Competition News March 2017

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The French Supreme Court confirms the French Competition Authority’s approach on the squeeze-out strategies shared between a supplier and its distributor - In this case, Reckitt Benckiser (Reckitt), holder of rights on...more

Combative French Plaintiff Obtains Extended Jurisdiction Over Cross-border Online Marketplace Sales

by Bryan Cave on

On 21 December 2016, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) handed down an interesting interpretation of jurisdictional issues in cross-border competition law and online sales. The ECJ ruled that courts of a Member State have...more

"Big Data an Ongoing Concern for EU Competition Law"

The question of how "big data" should be treated in merger control and antitrust enforcement was a key issue for the European Commission and national regulators in European Union member states in 2016, with competition...more

Antitrust M&A Snapshot: United States: October – December Update

by McDermott Will & Emery on

McDermott’s Antitrust M&A Snapshot is a resource for in-house counsel and others who deal with antitrust M&A issues but are not faced with these issues on a daily basis. In each quarterly issue, we will provide concise...more

The French Competition Authority imposes record fine for gun jumping practices

by White & Case LLP on

On 8 November 2016, the French Competition Authority (FCA) published a press release announcing that it imposed a fine of EUR 80 million on the Altice Group (Altice Luxembourg and SFR Group) for implementing two transactions...more

Competition News November 2016

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Gun jumping in France: penalty imposed by the French Competition Authority on early partial completion of two mergers prior to their authorization - By a decision not yet published, issued on November 8, 2016 by the...more

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