The German Federal Court of Justice rules that a car manufacturer’s selective distribution system limiting the supply of new vehicles and spare parts to tuning services providers is a by-object restriction (Porsche Tuning II)

On 6 July 2021, the German Federal Court of Justice (“FCJ”) upheld an injunction against Porsche and its German distributor (“Porsche” or the ”Defendants”) in favor of an industry association whose members manufacture and distribute customized parts for tuning purposes (the “Association”). The Association brought an action for injunctive relief against certain clauses of the relevant dealer agreements used by the Defendants in the context of the selective distribution system which they operated. The action had originally been dismissed by the Regional Court of Stuttgart but granted on appeal by the Higher Regional Court of Stuttgart. In its recent ruling, the FCJ found that the provisions in the dealer agreements constitute restrictions of competition by object which could not be exempted

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Katharina Bongs, Laura Lehoczky-Deckers, Andrzej Kmiecik, The German Federal Court of Justice rules that a car manufacturer’s selective distribution system limiting the supply of new vehicles and spare parts to tuning services providers is a by-object restriction (Porsche Tuning II), 6 July 2021, e-Competitions July 2021, Art. N° 103598

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