CASE COMMENTS: UNFAIR COMMERCIAL PRACTICES – FRANCE - ACTION OF THE MINISTER OF THE ECONOMY – JURISDICTION OF FRENCH COURTS – SANCTION

Sanction: The Paris Commercial Court partially grants the requests of the Minister of Economy and sentences two companies of the same group operating an international platform to 4 million euros for unbalanced contractual clauses binding one of them to third party sellers (Amazon)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article in French, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. After an investigation initiated in 2015, the French Minister of the Economy brought a quasi-tort liability action against three companies of the Amazon Service Europe group, Amazon Payments Europe and Amazon France Services (APE, ASE AND AFS) for practices observed during commercial relations in the context of contracts concluded with suppliers and distributors referenced on the platform. The APE company, which handles customer payments, was dismissed as it claimed that only the C. mon. fin. should govern the activity of these financial institutions. For the other two entities maintained in the case, the approach is more traditional for ASE,

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Jean-Louis Fourgoux, Sanction: The Paris Commercial Court partially grants the requests of the Minister of Economy and sentences two companies of the same group operating an international platform to 4 million euros for unbalanced contractual clauses binding one of them to third party sellers (Amazon), 2 September 2019, Concurrences N° 4-2019, Art. N° 92386, pp. 114-118

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