CASE COMMENTS: UNFAIR COMMERCIAL PRACTICES – RESTRICTIVE PRACTICE - SUDDEN TERMINATION OF COMMERCIAL RELATIONSHIP - ECONOMIC CRISIS - TARIFF DISAGREEMENT - ABSENCE OF BRUTAL TERMINATION

Absence of brutal termination: The French Supreme Court considers that the momentary decline in orders due to a crisis suffered by the client can not be described as a sudden termination and that the price increase claimed by the service provider to compensate for the decrease in volume may justify a break (Esquiss / Yves Dorsey)

Cette affaire marque la confirmation de la jurisprudence Caterpillar-CMI (Cass. com., 12 fév. 2013, Concurrences n° 2-2013, Art. n° 52124, pp. 98-99, J-L. F) selon laquelle une rupture brutale suppose une décision de l’auteur et non une simple répercussion d’une baisse du marché, mais va au-delà en précisant que le prestataire qui ne bénéficie d’aucun engagement de volume ne peut pour compenser la perte imposer au client une augmentation tarifaire. Les faits sont pour partie originaux car ils concernaient une société (Esquiss) chargée du sourcing par la société Yves Dorsey pour la confection de chemises, au Bangladesh, moyennant le règlement de

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Jean-Louis Fourgoux, Absence of brutal termination: The French Supreme Court considers that the momentary decline in orders due to a crisis suffered by the client can not be described as a sudden termination and that the price increase claimed by the service provider to compensate for the decrease in volume may justify a break (Esquiss / Yves Dorsey), 8 November 2017, Concurrences Review N° 1-2018, Art. N° 86182, p. 115

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