The Autorité issues today a decision sanctioning the Bureau commun de signification of Hauts-de-Seine (joint bureau of service (BCS)), which brings together all the bailiffs of the département Hauts de Seine, for establishing anticompetitive practices. The sanctioned practices consisted in setting discriminatory conditions for bailiffs wishing to join the bureau. Members of the BCS thus imposed on bailiffs who recently benefited from an establishment within the specific framework of the "freedom of establishment" provided for by the "Macron Law", and only to these, a discriminatory and highly prohibitive "fixed entry fee" of € 300,000. This discriminatory practice was such as to make the exercise of the profession more difficult for bailiffs who had benefited from the freedom of establishment and who were starting their activity.
The BCS Hauts-de-Seine, did not dispute the facts or their qualification and applied for a settlement procedure. The fine was handed down to €120,000 and the BCS also made commitments to amend its articles of association.
|On this day, the Autorité de la concurrence issued a decision regarding notaries. See the press release.|