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Leading Internet Case Law

SELECTIVE DISTRIBUTION: The CJEU ruling in Coty on the permissibility of online sales prohibitions

Coty Germany GmbH v. Parfümerie Akzente GmbH, C-230/16, Court of Justice of the European Union, 6 December 2017

The CJEU ruled, in an eagerly-awaited decision, that a supplier of luxury goods can, subject to certain conditions, prohibit authorised distributors from selling those goods on a third party internet platform. The CJEU’s preliminary judgment may serve as useful guidance for those navigating the interface between brands, competition law and contracts for the selective distribution of goods online.

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