French Court Fines eBay €1.7 Million

LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton said Monday that a French court fined eBay €1.7 million ($2.6 million) over perfume listings, despite filtering technology that the online auctioneer said is screening out unlawful items.

The court accused eBay (EBAY) of “the unlawful marketing” of Christian Dior, Givenchy and other LMVH cosmetics.

EBay said in a statement Monday that it has taken steps to hide LMVH products from French shoppers and that the illegal listings LMVH submitted contain misspelled brand names or only pictures of products, which enabled them to slip through the cracks.

Alex von Schirmeister, eBay’s general manager in France, added that the fine is disproportionate given the company’s compliance, and that the decision enforces “anti-competitive” distribution practices.

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