The EU Court of Justice decides that a hotel using an online booking platform can challenge a possible abuse of dominance against that platform before a court of the Member State where the hotel is established (Wikingerhof / Booking.com)

The Court of Justice of the European Union, in Case 59/19, ruled that, to challenge a possible abuse of dominant position, a hotel using an online booking platform is entitled to bring proceedings against that platform before a court of the Member State where the hotel is established, regardless of the jurisdiction clause set forth in the contract between them. The dispute originated from the contractual relationship between Wikingerhof GmbH & Co. KG (“Wikingerhof”), a company operating a hotel in Germany, and Booking.com, an accommodation booking platform incorporated under the law of the Netherlands. The hotel signed a contract with Booking.com in 2009, agreeing to its General Terms and Conditions (“T&Cs”). Subsequently, over the years, Booking.com amended its terms and

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  • Portolano Cavallo (Rome)
  • Portolano Cavallo (Milan)

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Luca Tormen, Enzo Marasà, The EU Court of Justice decides that a hotel using an online booking platform can challenge a possible abuse of dominance against that platform before a court of the Member State where the hotel is established (Wikingerhof / Booking.com), 24 November 2020, e-Competitions November 2020, Art. N° 100181

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