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Abrupt termination of a long-standing business relationship and action for damages


Published on 1st August 2017

THE ABRUPT TERMINATION OF A LONG-STANDING BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP CONCERNS MATTERS RELATING TO A CONTRACT

CJEU 14.07.2016, C-196/15, Granarolo SpA/Ambrosi Emmi France SA


Jochen Bauerreis
Avocat & Rechtsanwalt
Partner

Caroline Laurent
Avocate

Department of International & German / French law


By a judgment of the 14th July 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled, basing on the Brussels I Regulation, now replaced by the Brussels I Recast, that a damage action based on a abrupt termination of a long-standing business relationship was a matter relating to contract, (at least) if a tacit contractual relationship existed between the parties.

This solution is the opposite of the position defended by the “Chambre commerciale” (Commercial chamber) of the French Supreme Court, considering the abrupt termination of a long-standing business relationship as a tort law action.