The Dusseldorf Higher Regional Court holds that the term “free servicing” in Art. 4.1.k of EC Reg. 1400/2002 includes extended services provided that the supplier does not charge the buyer an additional fee (5-Sterne-Premium-Paket)

On 20 September 2006, the German Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf issued a decision on the interpretation of Regulation n° 1400/2002 [1] concerning the contractual obligation of authorised repairers exclusively to use original spare parts instead of spare parts of matching quality. Facts The plaintiff was the professional organisation for free distributors of motor vehicle spare parts in Germany. The defendant was a German importer of several brands of motor vehicles. The defendant offered the buyer of a new vehicle the opportunity to conclude a service agreement called a “5-Sterne-Premium-Paket“ free of charge. This service agreement guaranteed the buyer extensive repair services for a period of four years following

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  • Gleiss Lutz (Munich)
  • Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy (Munich)

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Petra Linsmeier, Moritz Lichtenegger, The Dusseldorf Higher Regional Court holds that the term “free servicing” in Art. 4.1.k of EC Reg. 1400/2002 includes extended services provided that the supplier does not charge the buyer an additional fee (5-Sterne-Premium-Paket), 20 septembre 2006, e-Competitions September 2006, Art. N° 21235

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