EU Vertical Restraints In Focus And Perspective

Law360, New York (May 13, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT) -- For many years, European Union competition counsel have been advising on distribution systems, based on a wide range of quite complex rules. We used to have specific rules and regulations by category of agreement for exclusive distribution, exclusive purchasing (including beer “tied houses” and petrol stations), selective distribution, franchising and motor vehicle supply.

Much turned on the particular drafting of clauses, rather than market effect. The main concern appeared to be restrictions on parallel imports, which led to a variety of cases with what were then...
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