Handbook on European Competition Law
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Handbook on European Competition Law

Substantive Aspects

Edited by Ioannis Lianos and Damien Geradin

Handbook on European Competition Law: Substantive Aspects sets the context for examination of substantive law by reviewing and analyzing the goals of competition law. It then covers the substantive building blocks of EU competition law, including horizontal and vertical agreements, cartels, mergers, and also provides valuable coverage of the interaction between competition and regulation, hub and spoke collusion, and information exchange agreements. The importance of the abuse of dominance doctrine is reflected in three discrete chapters considering exploitative abuses, exclusionary pricing abuses, and exclusionary non-pricing abuses.
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Chapter 10: Abuse of dominance: exclusionary pricing abuses

Alison Jones and Liza Lovdahl Gormsen


Chapters 8–11 of this work introduce the core elements and requirements of Article 102 TFEU. In these chapters it is seen that the elements of Article 102 are not defined by the Treaty itself. Rather, their meaning has been elucidated through the case law. Chapter 8 considers how the concept of dominance has been defined. Chapters 9 and 11 examine the concept of abuse, assessing how Article 102 applies to the exploitative behaviour and exclusionary non-pricing practices of dominant firms. This chapter focuses on other potentially abusive pricing practices of dominant firms, in particular: predatory pricing; selective low cost pricing; margin squeeze; rebates and price discrimination. The Court of Justice (ECJ) has set out general statements about the nature of the concept of an abuse.

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