In its Viscose fibres judgement, the Bundesgerichtshof (Federal Court of Justice (BGH)) held that turnover from goods delivered to a production facility in Germany constitutes domestic turnover, even if the actual decision to buy these goods was taken by the central purchasing organisation of a multinational corporation outside Germany. On appeal, the BGH upheld a judgement by the Oberlandesgericht Düsseldorf (Higher District Court of Düsseldorf (OLG Düsseldorf) that confirmed a previous decision by the Bundeskartellamt (Federal Cartel Authority (FCA), see Bundeskartellamt 11 Dec 2012, Lenzing AG / Kelheim Hygene Fibres GmbH (Viscose fibres), B3 – 64/12). The definition of domestic turnover is of practical importance for the applicability of German and European merger control. Both
The German Federal Court of Justice decides that turnover from goods delivered to a production facility in Germany constitutes domestic turnover, even if the actual decision to buy these goods was taken by a central purchasing organisation outside Germany (KVR)
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