The EU Court of Justice rules that an action based on an abuse of dominant position is a matter relating to tort regarding the European regulations even if the parties are bound by a contract (Wikingerhof / Booking.com)

On November 24, 2020, the European Court of Justice (hereinafter “ECJ”) delivered a judgment relating to the application of article 7, point 2, of the European Union’s Regulation n°1215/2012 (hereinafter “Brussels I bis”). In the present case, the company Wikingerhof GmbH operated a hotel in Germany. The company had signed a contract provided by Booking.com, the well-known online accommodation booking platform. In 2015, Wikingerhof issued a written objection to yet another substantial modification issued by Booking.com of the general conditions found in the contract. The company asserted that it had no other choice than to accept these modifications, because of Booking.com’s dominant market position. Hence, Wikingerhof brought legal actions before the German courts with the purpose of

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  • University of Versailles St-Quentin en Yvelines
  • University of Versailles St-Quentin en Yvelines

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Nathalie Vazquez, Jordan Leblanc, The EU Court of Justice rules that an action based on an abuse of dominant position is a matter relating to tort regarding the European regulations even if the parties are bound by a contract (Wikingerhof / Booking.com), 24 novembre 2020, e-Competitions November 2020, Art. N° 98588

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