The French Commercial Supreme Court validates the passing-on defence in a follow-on action based on the lysine cartel (Doux aliments / Ajinomoto Eurolyne)

In a ruling dated 15 June 2010, the French Commercial Supreme Court validated the passing-on defence in a damages action. The Court stated that, in a damages case, the judge must assess whether the claimant has passed on to its own clients the overcharge resulting from an infringement. This judgment raises questions on the possibility to implement under French law the propositions of the 2008 White Paper on damages actions published by the European Commission. Facts and procedure Ajinomoto Eurolyne (AE) supplied lysine to Ceva santé animale (formerly Sanofi Santé nutrition), which in turn supplied Doux aliments, a poultry farmer group. After the European Commission fined AE for the famous lysine cartel, Doux aliments brought before the French courts a follow-on action for damages

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Hugues Parmentier, Mathilde Descôte, The French Commercial Supreme Court validates the passing-on defence in a follow-on action based on the lysine cartel (Doux aliments / Ajinomoto Eurolyne), 15 juin 2010, e-Competitions June 2010, Art. N° 32066

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