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AG considers that a supplier of luxury products can ban retailers from selling on third party platforms

One of the most closely watched competition law cases of recent times has been the case of Coty Germany GmbH v. Parfümerie Akzente GmbH. The case is currently before the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) and concerns whether it is possible for a supplier of luxury products operating a selective distribution system to ban its authorised retailers from selling the supplier’s products on third party platforms such as Amazon and eBay. On 26 July 2017, the case reached a significant milestone, with the publication of Advocate General (‘AG’) Wahl’s Opinion on the matter. Paul Stone, Partner at Charles Russell Speechlys, dissects the case, AG Wahl’s Opinion and the wider impact of the case.

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