The French Court of Cassation brings to an end the 15-year-old “Luxury Perfumes” case

The ruling issued by the commercial division of the French Court of Cassation on June 11, 2013, puts an end to a veritable saga, a highly disputed legal battle that opposed for more than 15 years the National Competition Authority (NCA) to luxury perfumers (Chanel, Christian Dior, Hermès, Givenchy, Guerlain, Kenzo, YSL, etc.) and their distributors (Marionnaud, Nocibe, Sephora) on the ground of vertical price-fixing agreements in the French perfume and cosmetics sector. Facts and procedures The story begins in 1993, when the French Minister for the Economy required the Competition Council (Conseil de la concurrence) to initiate a probe into the luxury perfume and cosmetics market, in order to assess the state of competition in this sector. Quite surprisingly, this request was

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Christophe Collard, The French Court of Cassation brings to an end the 15-year-old “Luxury Perfumes” case, 11 June 2013, e-Competitions Bulletin June 2013, Art. N° 54005

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