CASE COMMENT: RESTRICTIVE PRACTICES - SUDDEN BREAKING OFF OF LONG TERM COMMERCIAL RELATIONSHIPS

Established commercial relationships: The Court of Cassation further defines the conditions enabling the qualification of a sudden breaking off of established commercial relationships (Bouygues c/ Ateliers d’Origine,Tomécanic-Benetière c/ Castorama,Tomécanic-Benetière c/ Brico-Dépôt)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Cass. com, 16 December 2008, Bouygues Bâtiment International (BBI) c/ Les Ateliers d'Origine, n° 07-15589 Cass. com, December 2, 2008, Tomécanic-Benetière v. Castorama, No. 08-10731 Cass. com, 2 December 2008, Tomécanic-Benetière v. Brico-Dépôt, No. 08-10732 Readers of this column are aware that the conditions under which a sudden break in established commercial relations may be characterized are established by regular case law. Three recent rulings of the Court of Cassation have recently shed light on the regime, both with regard to the definition of the concept of established commercial relations (first case), the criteria to be taken into account in

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Mary-Claude Mitchell, Established commercial relationships: The Court of Cassation further defines the conditions enabling the qualification of a sudden breaking off of established commercial relationships (Bouygues c/ Ateliers d’Origine,Tomécanic-Benetière c/ Castorama,Tomécanic-Benetière c/ Brico-Dépôt), 16 December 2008, Concurrences N° 1-2009, Art. N° 23425, pp. 128-129

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