French Fine Amazon Over Free Shipping

Aron Schatz
January 18, 2008

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Leave it to the French to do something like this. They are suing Amazon over free shipping due to some archaic law about book prices.


No, it's not funny, but that's because it's not a joke. The Tribunal de Grande Instance (a French appeals court) in Versailles ruled back in December that Amazon was violating the country's 1981 Lang law with its free shipping offer. That law forbids booksellers from offering discounts of more than 5 percent off the list price, and Amazon was found to be exceeding that discount when the free shipping was factored in.


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