The Paris Commercial Court condemns a leading auction website to pay damages to perfume makers for a violation of their selective distribution networks (eBay)

On 30 June 2008, the Commercial Court of Paris (Tribunal de Commerce de Paris) rendered three important decisions condemning the international auction website eBay mainly for its participation to an infringement of the IP rights of six manufacturers of luxury products belonging to the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH) group (Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior Couture, Parfums Christian Dior, Kenzo Parfums, Guerlain). Together, these decisions awarded damages to the companies of the LVMH group for a total amount of € 38.8 million (including moral damages) which is the highest amount of damages ever inflicted on eBay in Europe. These decisions have been widely commented by IP law specialists. However, one of the three decisions of 30 June 2008 (the decision on the claims filed by the perfume

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Frédéric Manin, The Paris Commercial Court condemns a leading auction website to pay damages to perfume makers for a violation of their selective distribution networks (eBay), 30 June 2008, e-Competitions Intellectual property, Art. N° 20065

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