Amazon France found “abusive” clauses in its contracts

The Repression of Fraud (DGCCRF) is preparing to announce a fine of 3.3 million euros against Amazon France, sanctioned for “abusive” clauses in its contracts with merchants selling products on its platform, according to the daily. The echoes. Asked by AFP on Tuesday evening, the DGCCRF has yet to confirm the information. A spokesman for Amazon France, for its part, acknowledged that the company was subject to a “penalty” but refused to reveal the exact amount.

In mid-April, the DGCCRF announced that it sanctioned the e-commerce giant with a fine of 90,000 euros per day due to “unbalanced and inconsistent clauses in contracts with third-party sellers of the Amazon.fr platform”.

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According to the echoes, In particular, Fraud Control accuses the US company of being able to “modify or terminate a contract without notice” and ban third-party merchants from “prospecting with customers they have won through Amazon.fr”. Also this spring, the DGCCRF also ordered the platform to comply with the European regulation “promoting fairness and transparency for companies using online intermediation services”.

Amazon disagrees with DGCCRF

An order that Amazon was slow to implement according to The echoes, therefore this fine of 3.3 million euros. “The penalty relates to a period of a few weeks after the date of March 22, when the DGCCRF unilaterally believed that we were not in compliance with the order,” states someone at Amazon France.

“The DGCCRF acknowledged in May that the changes we implemented in April are in line with its mandate,” the same source added. “However, we continue to disagree with the DGCCRF on its conclusions, its rulings and the related penalty, and we are challenging each of them before the courts”, concludes the spokesperson for Amazon France.

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In 2019, the commercial court in Paris, seized by the crackdown on fraud, had sentenced Amazon to a fine of 4 million euros for “manifestly unbalanced” contract clauses towards companies that use its platform.

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