Refusal of approval: The Paris Court of Appeal returned to its initial position and considered the refusal of approval as an agreement falling under antitrust law and not as a unilateral act (Verhoeven / RLG Europe)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. The regime applicable to refusals of approval is struggling to stabilize, as evidenced by the decision rendered on February 16 by the Paris Court of Appeal, which looks like a reversal of the reversal (and therefore a return to the starting point). The facts can be summarized simply: the Verhoeven company has been involved in the retail trade of luxury jewelry and watches since the 1980s. It operates a jewelry and watch store in Dunkirk and is licensed to sell several prestigious brands(Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, IWC, Panerai, etc.) under several qualitative selective distribution contracts concluded with a large group specializing in the luxury

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Nicolas Éréséo, Refusal of approval: The Paris Court of Appeal returned to its initial position and considered the refusal of approval as an agreement falling under antitrust law and not as a unilateral act (Verhoeven / RLG Europe), 16 February 2022, Concurrences N° 2-2022, Art. N° 106228, pp. 120-123

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