Grower's abuse of economic dependence claim rejected

Conseil de la concurrence decision (8 pages in French, PDF) rejecting an allegation by an apple grower that it had been the victim of an abuse of its claimed economic dependence on a cider producer.

A dispute over pricing had arisen after a long-term contract between the grower and cider producer had been declared void by a court for infringement of the French equivalent of the Article 81 prohibition.

The Conseil found that the grower was likely to be able to sell its apples to other purchasers, and therefore that there was not enough evidence of economic dependence to base the claim on.

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Filed under Article 82, Conseil de la concurrence, France.

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