Paris Court of Appeal, 21 March 2018, SMP Technologies v. Axon Enterprise, no. 18/01877

The Axon Enterprise company, known as the manufacturer of the “Taser” weapons entrusted a French company the exclusive distribution of its product in the French territory. In the distribution contract, Article 13 provided that in the event of a dispute, an arbitration under the American Arbitration Association Rules, with the place of arbitration fixed in [...]

Paris Court of Appeal, 13 February 2018, F2MC v. EQUIP’FORET, no. 17/07693

Two companies concluded an exclusive distribution agreement. A dispute arises because of alleged non conformities of the goods. The respondent challenges the applicability of the arbitration clause before Court. The respondent argues that in case of contradiction between the arbitration clause and another clause of the agreement (in this case, the clause about the applicable [...]

Paris Court of Appeal, 3 October 2017, Distri v. Carrefour Proximité France (having absorbed Erteco France), no. 16/23621

The parties successively entered into interdependent distributions agreements. One of the contracts (a franchise contract) contained an arbitration clause. The Court held that the arbitration clause could not be extended to obligations which were not the result of the agreement in which it was stipulated – in this case, the franchise contract. Hence, Créteil Commerce [...]

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