The French Civil Supreme Court rules on automotive quantitative selective distribution agreements (Auto 24 SARL, Jaguar Land Rover)

The Cour de cassation, France's highest court for judicial matters, rendered a judgment on 15 January 2013 in a case involving Jaguar's distribution agreements in France. The judgment follows an earlier ruling on the matter by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), from which the Cour de cassation had requested a preliminary ruling. The Cour de cassation ruled essentially that quantitative selectivedistribution systems must be based on specified criteria, but those criteria do not need to be objectively justified and applied in a uniform and non-differentiated manner. It therefore exactly applied to the facts at issue the definition provided by the CJEU as regards the nature of "specified criteria" in Article 1(1)(f) of Regulation No. 1400/2002 of 31 July 2002 on the

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Philipp Werner, Lionel Lesur, Louise-Astrid Aberg, The French Civil Supreme Court rules on automotive quantitative selective distribution agreements (Auto 24 SARL, Jaguar Land Rover), 15 January 2013, e-Competitions Bulletin January 2013, Art. N° 51008

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