French court favors eBay in L’Oreal suit

In an on-going court battle in France, the court ruled that eBay cannot be held legally accountable for the sale of counterfeit L’Oreal products on its web site in France.  However, in a different case last year in France, a different court ruled that eBay had to pay damages to other luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton and Hermes saying that “the online auction site hadn’t done enough” to prevent the sale of counterfeit products on their web site.

To make matters more confusing, trials are going on across Europe with a decision in favor of eBay in Belgium last year but a decision in favor of L’Oreal in Germany.  Decisions are still pending in Spain and the U.K. 

To view the article from the Wall Street Journal, visit http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124221499153214867.html#articleTabs%3Darticle.

To view the article from the Financial Times, visit: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/8f7a9832-401f-11de-9ced-00144feabdc0.html?nclick_check=1

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