CASE COMMENTS: UNFAIR COMMERCIAL PRACTICES – FRANCE – SIGNIFICANT IMBALANCE – GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF PURCHASE – DISCOUNT TERMS

Significant imbalance: The Paris Court of Appeal rules that the general terms and conditions of purchase, which systematically take precedence over the general terms and conditions of sale and impose discount conditions without consideration, can be qualified as a significant imbalance within the meaning of the French Commercial Code (GEEPF)

Cet arrêt est très marquant car il a été rendu dans une relation entre un industriel et ses fournisseurs et non pas entre un distributeur et son fournisseur. En l’espèce, GE Energy Product France (GE EPF) est un important fabricant de turbines à gaz de moyenne et grande puissance ayant fait l’objet d’une enquête de la DGCCRF en 2012. Celle-ci a porté sur les clauses contractuelles figurant dans les conditions générales d’achat des contrats de fourniture de matériel. La Cour d’appel de Paris, dans

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Jean-Louis Fourgoux, Significant imbalance: The Paris Court of Appeal rules that the general terms and conditions of purchase, which systematically take precedence over the general terms and conditions of sale and impose discount conditions without consideration, can be qualified as a significant imbalance within the meaning of the French Commercial Code (GEEPF), 12 June 2019, Concurrences Review N° 3-2019, Art. N° 91564, pp. 104-105

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