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SELECTIVE DISTRIBUTION: German court protects luxury image of cosmetics by prohibiting grey market sales

Kanebo Cosmetics Deutschland GmbH v. real,- SB-Warenhaus GmbH, Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court, Case no. I-20 U 113/17, 6 March 2018

The Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court has recently prohibited grey market sales of luxury cosmetics both on- and offline. With this landmark decision, a higher German court has, as far as can be seen, for the first time recognised that manufacturers of luxury goods can put a halt on the sale of grey market goods if their products are sold in an environment potentially damaging to their reputation and image.

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