In this issue:
Treatment of Single-Product and Bundled Rebates in the EC
Michelin welcomes the European Commission’s will to correct its controversial application of Article 82 EC, but regrets its over-regulation-triggered lack of immediate improvement for dominant companies
The European Commission has long rendered famous the name of Michelin to antitrust practitioners by condemning its rebate system.
The Community Courts’ case law is rich with cases relating to tying or bundling practices in their classical economic form. However, the same cannot be said for the second acceptance of bundled discounts.
One area of EC competition law that has been particularly controversial in recent years is the application of Article 82 of the EC Treaty to allegedly anticompetitive rebates.
Bundled Rebates, LePage’s and PeaceHealth in the U.S.
Bundling and related exclusionary practices are both common in the economy and often challenged under the antitrust laws.
The goal of this article is to begin to fill this gap in our economic understanding by outlining the possible efficiencies associated with bundled discounts.