- AG opinion—guidance on the concept of ‘civil and commercial matters’ in cross-border ticket touts case (Belgische Staat v Movic)
- What are the practical implications of this case?
- What was the background?
- What did the Advocate General advise?
- Case details
Dispute Resolution analysis: The opinion of the Advocate General considered the interpretation of Article 1 of Regulation (EU) 1215/2012, Brussels I (recast) which defines the material scope of the regulation as applying to ‘civil and commercial matters’. The opinion concluded that proceedings brought by a public authority of an EU Member State against a person governed by the private law of another EU Member State could involve a civil and commercial matter so as to fall within the scope of the regulation used to determine which court has jurisdiction. However, proceedings will fall outside the scope of the regulation if they involve public authorities requesting special powers that would not be available to private individuals. The case involved an application for a declaration that infringements constituting unfair commercial practices had taken place and an order for cessation of those practices together with other remedies. Written by Bonita Trimmer, legal director, at Browne Jacobson LLP.
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