CASE COMMENTS: UNFAIR COMMERCIAL PRACTICES – FRANCE - CHOICE OF THE LEGAL BASIS – CONTRACTUAL LIABILITY

Sudden break: The French Supreme Court prohibits lower judges, in accordance with the principle that the judge has an obligation not to distort the writing submitted to him, from deciding on the basis of a sudden breach of commercial relationships whereas the purpose of the request was based on contractual liability (IGA)

Le droit des pratiques commerciales déloyales conduit aujourd’hui praticiens et universitaires à “revisiter les rapports entre droit commun et droit spécial” (J. Klein, Les rapports entre le C. com. et le C. civ., Concurrences n° 3-2019, art. 90980). Sous l’angle des ruptures brutales, tout spécialement, la question se pose en effet de savoir si la victime peut cumuler ou opter. Il y a quelques mois, un important arrêt de la Cour de cassation avait ainsi énoncé que le principe de non-cumul des responsabilités délictuelle et contractuelle “interdit seulement au créancier d’une obligation contractuelle de se prévaloir, contre le débiteur de cette

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Frédéric Buy, Sudden break: The French Supreme Court prohibits lower judges, in accordance with the principle that the judge has an obligation not to distort the writing submitted to him, from deciding on the basis of a sudden breach of commercial relationships whereas the purpose of the request was based on contractual liability (IGA), 18 September 2019, Concurrences Review N° 4-2019, Art. N° 92389, p. 119

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