03/11/2016 - ITALIAN CASE LAW: ABUSIVE EXPLOITATION OF ECONOMIC DEPENDENCE AND UNFAIR COMPETITION

The Tribunal of Milan condemned a very famous U.S. multinational corporation specialized in Internet-related services and products to pay 10 million damages to an Italian company working in the same field. The award is based on the U.S. multinational's unfair competition and on its abusive exploitation of the Italian company's economic dependence. The U.S. multinational failed to pay the Italian Company for advertising activities.

Damages awarded by the judge of first instance are deemed to compensate the Italian company for advertising activities carried out on behalf of the U.S. multinational and for loss of profits. The U.S. multinational will have the chance to appeal the award before the Court of Appeal of Milan.

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