RH v AB Volvo: A Call for Centralized and Specialized Courts in the Midst of Jurisdictional Dispersion

Authors P. Hitchings 1

On 15 July 2021, the CJEU handed down its first judgment on a string of preliminary questions which have been referred to it by the Spanish commercial courts pursuant to Article 267 TFEU in the context of the so-called "Trucks Litigation". This first referral was made by Madrid Commercial Court nº 2 pursuant to an order of 23 December 2019 and relates to the interpretation of Article 7(2) of the Brussels I bis Regulation in connection with claims for damages arising out of a competition law infringement.2 The case is interesting, not only for its ruling on the scope and meaning of Article 7(2) in competition cases, but above all for what it says about the organization of national court systems, and the possibility, need even, for centralized and specialized competition courts in this technically complex area of law.

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