Graf & Pitkowitz pleads in precedent-setting hearing at the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)

Dispute Resolution / Litigation & Arbitration

On 19 July 2017, a public oral hearing in the case Schrems versus Facebook took place at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

In these proceedings Graf & Pitkowitz represents Facebook Ireland Ltd. in a group action filed by Mr. Maximilian Schrems in Austria based on the jurisdictional privilege granted to consumers under the Brussels I Regulation. The Austrian courts of first and second instance had denied jurisdiction for the group action. The Austrian Supreme Court has now submitted two questions to the CJEU for a preliminary ruling. During the hearing on July 19, the pleading on behalf of Graf & Pitkowitz was conducted by Dr. Nikolaus Pitkowitz who presented the position of Facebook and responded to questions of the Court.


Martin

Dr. Martin Foerster

LL.M. (LONDON) Partner
Nikolaus

Dr. Nikolaus Pitkowitz

M.B.L.-HSG Partner
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