Courts Rule That Amazon Germany Can No Longer Hold Vendors Funds.
The Regional Court of Munich I has strengthened the rights of Amazon retailers vis-à-vis the marketplace provider in a judgment. The District Court of Munich I recently strengthened the rights of Amazon retailers vis-à-vis the marketplace provider in a judgment (Az: 31 O 17559/19). The US group is therefore not allowed to simply withhold credit from a blocked merchant account.
Regarding the background to the legal dispute: A retailer had been selling Microsoft software through several European Amazon marketplaces for years. Because of the allegation of counterfeit products, the retailer was blocked several times, the account was finally closed in 2019, and Amazon kept the existing credit. The online retailer then sued Amazon for the money to be paid out. The district court has now ruled that Amazon is not allowed to withhold the retailer’s accumulated sales and has to pay out.
“Under no circumstances was a case constellation conceivable in which Amazon could be used to sell the goods. Therefore there was no reason to withhold the accumulated customer money, ”argued the lawyer of the plaintiff trader. “According to cautious estimates, the unjustifiably withheld customer funds in Germany alone add up to a double-digit million amount,” explained the lawyer and sees future-oriented potential in the case.