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EBay found liable for perfume counterfeits

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

In a Sept. 3 ruling, the Paris Court of Appeal upheld a 2008 decision by the Paris Commercial Court, finding eBay liable for selling counterfeit perfumes on its websites from 2001 to 2006. Ebay was in violation of the selective distribution networks in place for LVMH perfume brands Dior, Guerlain, Givenchy and Kenzo. The court ordered eBay to pay penalties of €5.7 mil. ($7.3 mil), and the decision prohibits eBay from violating selective distribution networks in the future. LVMH says the ruling "confirms the importance of selective distribution, which ensures the authenticity and quality of products for consumers.

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