CASE COMMENT : DISTRIBUTION – COMMERCIAL AGENCY – TERMINATION OF THE AGREEMENT – INDEMNITY IN THE ABSENCE OF REASONABLE NOTICE PERIOD – TERMINATION INDEMNITY – SERIOUS AGENT’S DEFAULT – PRINCIPAL’S DEFAULT – AGENT’S AGE

Commercial agency: The French Supreme Court recalls that the notice period lasts three months when the third year has already started, rules that the principal’s default can not exonerate the agent in case of serious default’s and confirms one of the condition precedent to the agent’s right to be indemnified in case of retirement (Befom, France élévateurs, UTP)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Cass. com, 2 November 2011, Mr. X... c/ Befom, No. 10-22859 Cass. com, 29 November 2011, M. X... v/ France élévateurs, No. 10-25874 Cass. com, 29 November 2011, UTP c/ M. X..., No. 10-26759 The commercial agency regime (Articles L. 134-1 et seq. of the Commercial Code) is inspired by the concern to protect the agent in its relationship with the principal. This protection derives from the concept of "common interest" ("Caractérisé par la convergence durable des intérêts du mandat et du mandataire", D. Ferrier, Droit de la distribution, Litec, 5ème éd.) and is particularly apparent when the relationship ends: Article L. 134-11 requires the party wishing to

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Dominique Ferré, Commercial agency: The French Supreme Court recalls that the notice period lasts three months when the third year has already started, rules that the principal’s default can not exonerate the agent in case of serious default’s and confirms one of the condition precedent to the agent’s right to be indemnified in case of retirement (Befom, France élévateurs, UTP), 15 February 2012, Concurrences N° 1-2012, Art. N° 41866, pp. 120-122

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