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.


Dr. Martin Foerster

LL.M. (LONDON) Partner

Dr. Nikolaus Pitkowitz

M.B.L.-HSG Partner