Paris Court of Appel - SAS MAISONS DU MONDE France v/ SA LEROY MERLIN, SAS BENOIT LE TAPIS BROSSE & SAS ALSAPAN
LEROY MERLIN was represented by Arnaud CASALONGA, Attorney at Law.
Considering that a doormat and a range of industrial style furniture commercialized by LEROY MERLIN and BENOIT LE TAPIS BROSSE reproduced the combination of the distinctive elements of its "Atelier" doormat model and its "Docks" range of furniture, MAISONS DU MONDE sued SA LEROY MERLIN, SAS BENOIT LE TAPIS BROSSE & SAS ALSAPAN before the Paris Commercial Court on the ground of unfair competition and parasitism.
By a judgment rendered on April 8, 2019, the Paris Commercial Court ruled against LEROY MERLIN and BENOIT LE TAPIS BROSSE on the basis of unfair competition for the doormat model but dismissed MAISONS DU MONDE’s claims relating to the industrial furniture.
In its decision of June 15, 2021, the Court of Appeal of Paris rejected all the claims of MAISONS DU MONDE on both unfair competition and parasitism.