A SUPPLIER OF LUXURY GOODS MAY PROHIBIT ITS AUTHORISED RETAILERS FROM SELLING ITS PRODUCTS ON THIRD-PARTY PLATFORMS
The Advocate General Wahl has reached his conclusion in the Case C-230/16 Coty Germany GmbH/Parfümerie Akzente GmbH, currently pending before the European Court of Justice, stating that a supplier of luxury goods may prohibit its authorized retailers from selling its products on third-party platforms such as Amazon or eBay.
The International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (“UNIDROIT”) has published the new edition of “The UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts” (UNIDROIT Principles 2016 – C.D. (95) 15)). The new edition of the Principles was adopted by the UNIDROIT Governing Council at its 95th session (Rome, 18-20 May 2016). The latter authorized the Secretariat to prepare and publish a new edition, that amends the previous edition of 2010.
The Annual Market and Competition Law approved by the Italian Parliament last August 2 and entered into force on August 29, has confirmed the ban of the so-called parity clauses included in agreements between hotel and online booking platforms (see, Legge 4 agosto 2017, n. 124, http://www.normattiva.it/uri-res/N2Ls?urn:nir:stato:legge:2017;124).
THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION HAS PUBLISHED THE FINAL FINDINGS OF ITS INQUIRY ON E-COMMERCE AND COMPETITION LAW
On May 6, 2015 the European Commission launched an inquiry on the e-commerce sector with the aim of identifying business practices that may restrict competition. The Commission definitive findings have been published in a final report last May 10, 2017.