Four perfumers sue eBay, the world's foremost brokerage platform for remote electronic bidding, for having permitted, in violation of their rights, the sale of products marketed through unauthorized channels and counterfeit sales on its sites. eBay disputed the competence of the French courts in the matter and, on a subsidiary basis, contested the legality of the selective distribution networks in question. eBay applied for a referral to the French Competition Council for an opinion on the definition of the relevant market and to ascertain the position of the claimants on the market, and for a stay of execution by the court pending its decision. Taking refuge in
The Paris Commercial Court finds a leading auction website liable for the infringement of selective distribution networks and the unlawful acts it committed against perfumers on its sites (eBay)
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