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Changes brought in by the Chatel Act as regards distribution

March 2008 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Bersay & Associés .

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The French Act no. 2008-3 dated 3 January 2008  on the development of competition for the benefit of consumers, called the Chatel Act, provides for a certain number of important measures regarding relations between producers and distributors (retailers). These measures consist notably of modifying the method used to calculate below-cost selling thresholds (1), of requiring the execution of a single agreement setting out the terms and conditions which arise out of sales negotiations between suppliers and distributors/retailers (2), and of providing that failure to communicate the general terms and conditions of sales is no longer a criminal law offence (3).

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