eBay fine in LVMH case slashed by €33million

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eBay have just had the fine payable to Louis Vuitton reduced from €38.6million to just €5.6 million by the French appeals court. The original fine was set by the Paris commercial court based on claims by LVMH that eBay had not done enough to prevent the sale of counterfeit goods via their site.

This original court ruling remains a legal anomaly as similar cases brought in UK, Belgium, Germany and the United States were all dismissed, with eBay being victorious. This meant that only in France were the courts supportive of these sorts of claims against eBay.

eBay said today “This is a great victory for eBay and consumers. The reduction of the fine by €33 million shows that the original claim by LVMH was ludicrous”.

LVMH aimed to block the sales of their Christian Dior, Kenzo, Givenchy and Guerlain brands on eBay and the ban remains in place on eBay France. eBay point out that more than 99.8% of listings on eBay are for authentic items that give no rise to suspicion of counterfeit, over 31,000 Brand Owners cooperate with eBay through the VeRO program and that LVMH still don’t work with eBay through VeRO to enable authentic goods to be sold.

2 Responses

  1. why?? only the sellers would pay in the end!Thats right you are not a seller, why always negative? Surely, something must be good?


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