CASE COMMENTS: DISTRIBUTION – FRANCE - FRANCHISE – ILLEGAL PAYMENT DELAYS – UNFAIR COMPETITION

Franchise: The French Supreme Court censures the trial judges for not having investigated whether the granting of illegal payment delays by the franchisor, within the franchise network, had not had the effect of unfairly advantaging its franchisees to the detriment of those of a competing network (Speed Rabbit pizza / Domino’s pizza France)

Le contrôle de la “loyauté des pratiques commerciales” est d’abord assuré, entre professionnels, par des dispositions spécifiques du code de commerce (Chapitre II, Titre IV du Livre IV C. com. issu de l’ord. n° 2019-359 du 24 avr. 2019) qui sanctionnent les pratiques restrictives de concurrence et autres pratiques déloyales (ex. déséquilibre significatif, revente à perte). À l’égard des consommateurs, ce sont les dispositions du code de la consommation qui permettent de sanctionner spécialement de telles pratiques (ex. pratiques trompeuses, agressives). Ces mêmes comportements peuvent, dans certains cas, constituer des actes de

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Philippe Vanni, Franchise: The French Supreme Court censures the trial judges for not having investigated whether the granting of illegal payment delays by the franchisor, within the franchise network, had not had the effect of unfairly advantaging its franchisees to the detriment of those of a competing network (Speed Rabbit pizza / Domino’s pizza France), 15 January 2020, Concurrences N° 2-2020, Art. N° 94554, pp. 102-103

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