With its judgment of 29 July 2019 in Case C-451/18,Tibor-Trans (the ‘Judgment’), the EU Court of Justice (the ‘CJEU’) clarified the competence of national courts to hear damage actions relating to pan-European infringements of Art. 101 TFEU under Regulation 1215/2012 Brussels I bis (in short ‘Brussels I bis’). The CJEU specified that victims of illegal cartels can lodge an action for damages against each and any cartel member before the courts of the Member State where the market has been affected by the infringement, provided the damage occurred in the respective Member State. This also holds true for actions directed against cartelists with whom the victims had not established contractual relations. In the reasoning leading to the above conclusion, the CJEU (i) stated that the action for
The EU Court of Justice provides guidance on the interpretation of the place of the harmful event under Regulation Brussels I bis for the determination of alternative grounds of jurisdiction in pan-European cartel damages cases (Tibor-Trans / DAF Trucks)
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