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Reference Contrats Concurrence Consommation No. 8, August 2011, Alerte 64.
Country France Legal Literature date 2011
Author A.L. FALKMAN Author initial
Title EN Conditional offers, premium offers and sweepstakes are now officially lawful: legal evolution or new complex issues to come? URL EN N/A
Title FR Les ventes subordonnées, ventes avec primes et loteries sont désormais officiellement licites : avancée juridique ou casse-tête à venir? URL FR N/A
Keywords conditional promotionsgeneral discussionprize promotionprizes

Head note

Conditional offers, premium offers and sweepstakes are no longer forbidden per se but in order to consider them as unlawful, it must be shown that they qualify as unfair commercial practices within the meaning of article L. 120-1 of the French Consumer Code. According to the author, adding this reference to the notion of unfair commercial practice has made it difficult for company involved in these commercial techniques to interpret the law as they must assess on a case by case basis the unfair nature of their commercial practices. This type of assessment is therefore necessarily subjective. The author notes that there is a two-step approach to follow: (i) determining whether the commercial practice is misleading or aggressive and if it is not the case (ii) assessing the potential unfair nature of the commercial practice.

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