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EU High Court Rules Luxury Brands Can Limit Online Resale

Law360, New York (December 6, 2017, 9:08 PM EST) -- The European Union's highest court ruled Wednesday that luxury goods makers like beauty giant Coty could in theory block their authorized distributors from selling high-end goods on sites like Amazon.com's marketplace without violating antitrust law.

The European Court of Justice concluded that companies offering luxury products could limit the distribution of their goods, including by blocking distributors from selling the items on third-party websites, as long as the limitations were properly tailored and uniformly applied.

Though the German court where a Coty Inc. unit sued an...
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