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JURISDICTION: Any time, any place, anywhere

03 April 2015  

Ryan Deane outlines a recent decision on jurisdiction

Article 5(1) of EC Regulation 44/2001 (the Regulation) allows a person domiciled in a member state to be sued in another member state ‘in matters relating to a contract, in the courts for the place of performance of the obligation in question’. This article examines the approach the English courts take when no single place of performance can be identified, as occurred in the recent case of Canyon Offshore Ltd v GDF Suez E&P Nederland BV [2014].

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Case C-256/00 Besix SA v Wasserreinigungsbau Alfred Kretzschmar GmbH & Co KG (WABAG) & anor [2003] ECR I-01699

    Canyon Offshore Ltd v GDF Suez E&P Nederland BV [2014] EWHC 3810 (Comm).

    Case C-386/05 Color Drack GmbH v Lexx International Vertriebs GmbH [2007] ECR I-03699

    Case C-533/07 Falco Privatstiftung & anor v Weller-Lindhorst [2009] ECR I-03327

    Case C-204/08 Rehder v Air Baltic Corporation [2009] ECR I-06073

    Case C-19/09 Wood Floor Solutions Andreas Domberger GmbH v Silva Trade SA [2010] ECR I-02121