eBay hit by £1.5m fine over LVMH injunction

The online retailer has responded to the ruling by a French court, calling the injunction an 'abuse of selective distribution' that hurts consumers

A Paris judge on Monday issued a fine of €1.7m (£1.5m) against eBay for allegedly violating a 2008 injunction forbidding the sale of luxury products by LVMH.

The online retailer issued a swift response to the ruling, calling the injunction itself an "abuse of 'selective distribution'" that hurts consumers.

In June 2008, the French courts fined eBay nearly €40m for not doing enough to block the sales of counterfeit goods on the site. In addition, it was ordered to block sales of authentic perfume made by the LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton) brands because the company had agreements in place to control who sells the perfume.

Monday's fine stems from allegations that more than 1,300 LVMH items have been posted to the site since the injunction was issued, according to a post on TechCrunch Europe.

For the full story, see eBay hit with £1.5m fine over LVMH injunction on ZDNet.com.

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