Jurisprudence

  • Informations concernant l’affaire
    • ID national: Court of Cassation, judgement C.18.0011.N
    • État membre: Belgique
    • Nom commun:N/A
    • Type de décision: Décision de la Cour suprême
    • Date de la décision: 28/05/2020
    • Juridiction: Hof van Cassatie
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    • Mots clés: Action for an injunction, contract, unfair commercial practices, B2B
  • Articles de la directive
    Unfair Commercial Practices Directive, Whereas, (8) Unfair Commercial Practices Directive, Chapter 1, Article 3, 1. Unfair Commercial Practices Directive, Chapter 1, Article 3, 2.
  • Note introductive

    ECLI:BE:CASS:2020:ARR.20200528.1N.8


    The Business Court is entitled to determine the contractual breach which is inextricably linked with the tortious interference of a third party in contractual relations. The tortious interference of a third party in contractual relations is an unfair market practice if there is a breach of a valid and enforceable contractual obligation to which the third party knowingly and actively participates (or could not reasonably have been ignorant of).

  • Faits

    A third party, a company, breached the exclusivity of a contract concluded between two other companies. The question arose as to whether the Business Court could conclude on the contractual breach which is necessary to determine whether tortious interference in contractual relations exist and condemn the tortfeasor of committing an unfair market practice. The Court of Appeal denied its competence stating that the judge in a cease and desist procedure (action for injunction) lacks the competence to decide on the contractual obligations in dispute and as a consequence cannot decide on the extra-contractual fault of tortious interference with contractual relations.

  • Question juridique

    Is the Business Court entitled to determine the contractual breach in the course of a cease and desist action for tortious interference in contractual relations, given the fact that it has no competence to decide on contractual obligations as such (actions ex contract)?

  • Décision

    The Business Court is entitled, in an injunction procedure (cease and desist order) to determine the contractual breach which is inextricably linked with the tortious interference of a third party in contractual relations.

    URL: https://juportal.be/content/ECLI:BE:CASS:2020:ARR.20200528.1N.8?HiLi=eNpLtDK3qs60MrAutjK2UvLIT1OyzrQyBPIsrJScE4uLE0syU0FCRkAhEyslIwMjAxDXGKre3w3EM4HwMiC6TaG6HYODHUM8XUFCZhChZLiBtQDPDSF9

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  • Résultat

    The Court of Cassation annulled the judgement of the Court of Appeal Brussels and concluded that the judges in appeal did not motivate their judgement correctly. The judgement can have a spill-over effect on B2C relations.