OFF-LICENCES cannot rely on EU consumer protection laws when trying to protect themselves against unfair contracts imposed by suppliers, the European Court of Justice has ruled. The case centred on the supply of automatic drinks dispensers from a company called Idealservice to two Italian companies, which later objected to a clause in the operational contract. They claimed in court that they could be protected against "unfair" contracts by EU consumer protection legislation in directive 93/13.

However, the ECJ has ruled that only ...

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