Online distribution: The French Supreme Court rejects the appeal brought by a motorcycle equipment manufacturer convicted of indirectly prohibiting its distributors from selling its products online, ruling that, even if individualized advice had to be given to users to ensure their safety, it could be provided online (Sthil)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. For having imposed on its distributors an obligation known as "setting in hand", imposing a physical contact between the salesman and his purchaser, the manufacturer of motorized cultivation equipment (chainsaws and brushcutters) was condemned under the law of the vertical agreements. The latter had tried - unsuccessfully - to assert before the French Competition Authority (Aut. conc., dec. n° 18-D-23, Oct. 24, 2018, relating to practices implemented in the sector of distribution of motorized agricultural equipment ; see Anne-Sophie Choné-Grimaldi, Online distribution: The French Competition Authority applies the Pierre Fabre and Coty case law in order to

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Anne-Sophie Choné-Grimaldi, Online distribution: The French Supreme Court rejects the appeal brought by a motorcycle equipment manufacturer convicted of indirectly prohibiting its distributors from selling its products online, ruling that, even if individualized advice had to be given to users to ensure their safety, it could be provided online (Sthil), 26 January 2022, Concurrences N° 2-2022, Art. N° 106426, pp. 92-93

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