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The pharmaceutical market and its protection against anti-competitive practices: the question of the link between the specificity of the market and the jurisdiction of the Competition Authority

The pharmaceutical market and its protection against anti-competitive practices: the question of the link between the specificity of the market and the jurisdiction of the Competition Authority

Resume: The French Court of cassation condemned the company Janssen-Cilag for abuse of dominance in the pharmaceutical sector, by confirming that the Competition Authority could appreciate the legal frame of a specified activity sector, and added that condemning the...

Double eagle for Duval group

Double eagle for Duval group

Resume: On May 19th 2022, the “Duval group” notified the competition authority its plan to acquire the Blue Green group. Duval and Blue Green are two operators specialised in the operation of golf courses and online course reservation platforms. The authority...

The Court of Appeal of Paris on the basis of an expert report condemns jointly and severally two firms to compensate the prejudice they caused for their anti-competitive practice

The Court of Appeal of Paris on the basis of an expert report condemns jointly and severally two firms to compensate the prejudice they caused for their anti-competitive practice

Resume: After the European Commission fined companies for a cartel on animal feed phosphates in 2010 including Timab and CFPR companies, a follow-on action has been brought by the Doux Aliments companies before the French courts in order to be compensated for the...

Continuation and end of the conflict between the French Football league and the French audiovisual group Canal + concerning the reallocation of the broadcasting rights of the Ligue 1 de Football after the Mediapro disaster

Continuation and end of the conflict between the French Football league and the French audiovisual group Canal + concerning the reallocation of the broadcasting rights of the Ligue 1 de Football after the Mediapro disaster

Resume: In this decision issued on 11 June 2021, the French Competition Authority rejects the complaint lodged by the Canal+ group against the French Football League (LFP) in the matter of the reallocation of the broadcasting rights of the Ligue 1. The Authority...

Predatory pricing: What method was undertaken in the implementation of the cost test and what elements were retained in the search for the characterization of an abuse of a dominant position?

Predatory pricing: What method was undertaken in the implementation of the cost test and what elements were retained in the search for the characterization of an abuse of a dominant position?

Resume: This judgment of Court of Cassation reinforces the principle that the costs of competitors of a dominant company practicing predatory pricing must be disregarded in the implementation of the cost test. In the same way, it underlines, once again, the importance...