eBay Responds to French Court Ruling Versus LVMH

Nov 30, 2009, 09:30 ET from eBay Inc.

-- Injunction is an abuse of selective distribution --

-- Fine is disproportionate and out of step with other legal decisions --

PARIS, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- eBay responds to a decision by Commercial Court of Paris versus LVMH, to fine eBay 1.7 million Euro in relation to an injunction that prevents French eBay users from buying or selling LVMH Group perfumes and cosmetics on any eBay website.

Alex von Schirmeister, General Manager of eBay in France, said: "Today's outcome hurts consumers by preventing them from buying and selling authentic items online. The injunction is an abuse of 'selective distribution'. It effectively enforces restrictive distribution contracts, which is anti-competitive.

"We believe that the higher courts will overturn this ruling and ensure that eCommerce companies such as eBay will continue to provide a platform for buyers and sellers to trade authentic goods."

Mr. von Schirmeister added, "The fine itself is disproportionate given that eBay complied with the Injunction. It is out of step with our legal victories in France, UK, Germany, Belgium and the U.S."

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