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Request for a preliminary ruling from the Bundesgerichtshof (Germany) lodged on 16 July 2019 — WV v Landkreis Harburg

(Case C-540/19)

Language of the case: German

Referring court


Parties to the main proceedings

Defendant and appellant: WV

Applicant and respondent: Landkreis Harburg

Question referred

Can a public body which has provided a maintenance creditor with social assistance benefits in accordance with provisions of public law invoke the place of jurisdiction at the place of habitual residence of the maintenance creditor under Article 3(b) of the European Maintenance Regulation 1 in the case where it asserts the maintenance creditor’s maintenance claim under civil law, transferred to it on the basis of the granting of social assistance by way of statutory subrogation, against the maintenance debtor by way of recourse?


1 Council Regulation (EC) No 4/2009 of 18 December 2008 on jurisdiction, applicable law, recognition and enforcement of decisions and cooperation in matters relating to maintenance obligations (OJ 2009 L 7, p. 1).