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Reference for a preliminary ruling from the Cour d'appel de Paris (France) lodged on 10 November 2009 - Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique SAS v Président de l'Autorité de la Concurrence, Ministre de l'Economie de l'Industrie et de l'Emploi

(Case C-439/09)

Language of the case: French

Referring court

Cour d'appel de Paris

Parties to the main proceedings

Applicant: Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique SAS

Defendants: Président de l'Autorité de la Concurrence, Ministre de l'Economie de l'Industrie et de l'Emploi

Question referred

Does a general and absolute ban on selling contract goods to end users via the Internet, imposed on authorised distributors in the context of a selective distribution network, in fact constitute a 'hardcore' restriction of competition by object for the purposes of Article 81(1) EC which is not covered by the block exemption provided for by Regulation No 2790/1999 1 but which is potentially eligible for an individual exemption under Article 81(3) EC?

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1 - Commission Regulation (EC) No 2790/1999 of 22 December 1999 on the application of Article 81(3) of the Treaty to categories of vertical agreements and concerted practices (OJ 1999 L 336 p. 21)