The EU Court of Justice rules on the applicability of contractual jurisdiction clauses in the context of abuse of a dominant position, ruling that some competition law violations are more contract related than others (Apple / MJA)

With its judgment the European Court of Justice (‘ECJ’) confirms its previous case law indicating that the criterium to determine whether a competition law violation is covered by a contractual jurisdiction clause is the existence of a ‘contractual link’, adding that this is the case even when such clause does not explicitly refer to disputes relating to liability resulting from a competition law infringement. Interesting is that that the ECJ further clarifies that such ‘contractual link’ is more likely to be present in case of a violation of article 102 TFEU rather than in case of a violation of article 101 TFEU. Unfortunately, the ECJ’s reasoning for making this distinction is limited to stating that “the abuse of a dominant position can materialise in contractual relations that an

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  • Latham & Watkins (Brussels)
  • Liège University (Liège)

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Simon Troch, Maria Turbasa, The EU Court of Justice rules on the applicability of contractual jurisdiction clauses in the context of abuse of a dominant position, ruling that some competition law violations are more contract related than others (Apple / MJA), 24 October 2018, e-Competitions October 2018, Art. N° 90707

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