- Advocate General issues opinion on definitions of consumer and seller/supplier in employment context (Henri Pouvin, Marie Dijoux, wife of Henri Pouvin v Electricité de France (EDF))
- What are the potential practical implications of this opinion?
- What was the background?
- What did the AG opine?
- General issues related to definitions of consumer and seller
- Definition of supplier
- Employment contracts
- Were P and D consumers?
- Case details
Commercial analysis: Advocate General (AG) Bobek has issued an opinion on whether a company, when providing a loan agreement to its employee, is to be considered a supplier and the employee a consumer within the meaning of the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Directive 93/13/EEC (UTCCD). Employers often provide goods and services to employees at preferential rates, and if followed by the Court of Justice, the decision will provide greater clarity on the application of consumer law to those contracts. The opinion is also helpful generally as it considers in detail the approach to defining seller or supplier and consumer. Written by Helen Hart, regulatory affairs manager at the Institute of Promotional Marketing.
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