Background The cosmetics chain The Body Shop (TBS) employs two different types of distribution channels in Germany: On the one hand, it holds a number of proprietary retail outlets and, on the other hand, it distributes its products through a franchise system. Under the franchise system the franchisee (and later claimant) was under the obligation to purchase its entire demand of the contract articles (make-up, shampoos, body lotions, accessories etc.) from TBS and not to sell competing products. The contract had been entered into in 2003 for a duration of seven years. Under a previous contract (1992-2003) the franchisee had been allowed to purchase 35% of its supplies from third parties. Judgement The Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf (Oberlandesgericht Düsseldorf) found the
The Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf finds an exclusive purchase obligation in breach of Art. 81 EC and replaces a void non-compete obligation in a franchise agreement (The Body Shop)
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