The EU Court of Justice rules on jurisdiction in private damages actions for infringement of competition law in absence of contractual link between parties to cartel (Tibor-Trans / DAF Trucks)

On 29 July 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the “ECJ”) handed down a judgment in which it held that a domestic court in an EU Member State has jurisdiction to rule on a follow-on competition damages claim even when no direct contractual link exists between the participant to a cartel and the victim. The case concerned a civil action for damages initiated by Tibor-Trans Fuvarosó és Kereskedelmi Kft (“Tibor-Trans”), a freight transport company based in Hungary, against DAF Trucks NV (“DAF”), a trucks manufacturer headquartered in the Netherlands. The case was initiated before Hungarian courts by Tibor-Trans following the 2016 decision of the European Commission which found that, between 1997 and 2011, the international truck manufacturers, including DAF, had

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Martin Favart, The EU Court of Justice rules on jurisdiction in private damages actions for infringement of competition law in absence of contractual link between parties to cartel (Tibor-Trans / DAF Trucks), 29 juillet 2019, e-Competitions July 2019, Art. N° 91695

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