CASE COMMENTS: RESTRICTIVE PRACTICES – FRANCHISE – SIGN MODIFICATION – ABUSE (NO) – EXEMPTION REGULATION – PROPORTIONNALITY

Non-competition clauses: The French Supreme Court approves the trial court to have considered that a franchisor could change the sign of its network without abuse and require the execution of a non-competition clause yet not covered by the exemption regulation (vertical agreements), but proportionate to the franchisor’s interest in preserving the existing network (International Esthétique)

La société International Esthétique exploitait un réseau de franchise sous l’enseigne Epil center. Les contrats contenaient une clause de non-création de réseau concurrent à effet post-contractuel. En cours de contrat, le franchiseur avait substitué son enseigne par Esthetic center. Le franchisé

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Jean-Louis Fourgoux, Non-competition clauses: The French Supreme Court approves the trial court to have considered that a franchisor could change the sign of its network without abuse and require the execution of a non-competition clause yet not covered by the exemption regulation (vertical agreements), but proportionate to the franchisor’s interest in preserving the existing network (International Esthétique), 19 January 2016, Concurrences Review N° 2-2016, Art. N° 79246, p. 133

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