CASE COMMENTS: DISTRIBUTION – FRANCE – CREATION OF A COMPETING COMPANY – PENALTY CLAUSE – LIABILITY

Franchise: The Paris Court of Appeal confirms the serious and non-wilful wrong of the franchised company and the personal liability of its director for having created, during the franchise contract, a competing company using the distinctive signs of the franchisor’s concept (Buffalo Grill / Val Trappeur)

S’il peut arriver qu’un ancien franchisé poursuive son activité après la fin de son contrat de franchise au mépris d’une clause de non-concurrence post-contractuelle, beaucoup plus rare est la situation dans laquelle il crée une société concurrente, utilisant les éléments distinctifs du concept alors même qu’il fait encore partie du réseau. Tels sont les faits sur lesquels porte la décision rendue par la Cour d’appel de Paris le

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Philippe Vanni, Franchise: The Paris Court of Appeal confirms the serious and non-wilful wrong of the franchised company and the personal liability of its director for having created, during the franchise contract, a competing company using the distinctive signs of the franchisor’s concept (Buffalo Grill / Val Trappeur), 13 November 2019, Concurrences Review N° 1-2020, Art. N° 93327, pp. 101-102

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