CASE COMMENTS : DISTRIBUTION – EXCLUSIVE SUPPLY – LEASE MANAGEMENT – EXCLUSIVITY HOLDER – ENFORCEABILITY – PRE-CONTRACTUAL INFORMATION OBLIGATION (NO) – NULLITY OF A CLAUSE WHICH EXCEEDS 10 YEARS (NO)

Exclusive supply: The Douai Court of Appeal decides in favor of a supplier which was a third-party to a management lease agreement concerning the breach of an exclusive supply clause ruling that the third-party supplier was the direct beneficiary of the clause, that the supplier is not bound by a pre-contractual information obligation under article L. 330-1 of the commercial code (Lehoucq/M. et Mme X)

CA Douai, 24 janvier 2013, LEHOUCQ c/ M. et Mme X, RG 11/06247 La question du champ d’application et de la portée des articles L. 330-1 et L. 330-3 du code de commerce fait l’objet, ce trimestre, d’une décision de cour d’appel qui mérite l’attention en raison du montage contractuel envisagé. Un fournisseur, tiers à un contrat de location-gérance stipulant à son profit une clause d’approvisionnement exclusif, avait assigné le locataire-gérant au motif que ce dernier s’approvisionnait chez un autre fournisseur. Si le propriétaire du fonds donné en location-gérance avait bien signé avec le fournisseur une convention d’approvisionnement exclusif, celle-ci

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Anne-Cécile Martin, Exclusive supply: The Douai Court of Appeal decides in favor of a supplier which was a third-party to a management lease agreement concerning the breach of an exclusive supply clause ruling that the third-party supplier was the direct beneficiary of the clause, that the supplier is not bound by a pre-contractual information obligation under article L. 330-1 of the commercial code (Lehoucq/M. et Mme X), May 2013, Concurrences Review N° 2-2013, Art. N° 52177, pp. 86-87

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