Region: France

France finds dentist associations collectively boycotted cheaper services

France’s Competition Authority has fined the country’s professional regulatory body for dentists and two trade associations a total of €4 million for collectively boycotting dental care networks that provide cheaper services.

13 November 2020

Scott+Scott hires Deutsche Bahn counsel to lead new office

Markus Hutschneider has joined Scott+Scott to head its new competition litigation-focused Berlin office after 10 years at Deutsche Bahn.

06 November 2020

France rejects Sony commitments and reopens abuse probe

France’s Competition Authority has rejected Sony’s commitments to make its licensing policy for PlayStation 4 controllers more transparent and non-discriminatory, finding that the proposal does not allay its competition concerns.

27 October 2020

France accepts commitments from supermarkets

France’s Competition Authority has accepted commitments from four major supermarkets to limit a joint-purchasing agreement, in a decision that marks the first time the enforcer has used its powers to intervene in joint alliances in the food retail sector.

23 October 2020

French supermarkets offer to limit joint purchasing alliance

Tesco and Carrefour have proposed commitments to France’s Competition Authority in an attempt to resolve competition concerns arising from their joint purchasing agreement.

12 October 2020

French court upholds Google interim measures

A court in France has affirmed the national competition enforcer’s decision to impose interim measures on Google that force it to negotiate payment to news publishers, after finding that the search engine is essential for the survival of the press sector.

08 October 2020

France hits Roche and Novartis with €444 million fine

France’s Competition Authority has fined Roche, Novartis and Genentech a total of €444 million for abusing their collective dominance by preventing the entry of a cheaper eye treatment drug into the French market.

09 September 2020

Lesur swaps McDermott for Franklin

Lionel Lesur has left McDermott Will & Emery in Paris after nine years to head up Franklin Avocats' new competition practice.

08 September 2020

France issues first-ever deal block

France’s Competition Authority has prohibited a merger for the first time in its history, blocking a three-to-two hypermarket deal in the town of Troyes.

28 August 2020

Lego offers commitments in French discriminatory pricing probe

Lego has promised to amend its criteria for granting discounts to French retailers, as it looks to resolve an antitrust investigation examining alleged price discrimination against online sellers.

30 July 2020

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