Order of the Court (Eighth Chamber) of 20 November 2009.

Olivier Martinez and Robert Martinez v MGN Ltd.

Reference for a preliminary ruling: Tribunal de grande instance de Paris - France.

Regulation (EC) No 44/2001 - Jurisdiction in civil and commercial matters - National Court not eligible to refer questions to the Court of Justice for preliminary ruling for the purposes of Article 68(1) EC - Court's lack of jurisdiction.

Case C-278/09.

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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Order (OJ)
30/01/2010 Martinez
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20/11/2009 Martinez
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Order (Summary)
20/11/2009 Martinez
Application (OJ)
12/09/2009 Martinez
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Reports of Cases

2009 I-11099


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Systematic classification scheme

B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-19 Legal proceedings
    B-19.04 Reference for a preliminary ruling
      B-19.04.04 Reference under Article 68 EC

Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 61 : paragraph 3
  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 61 -LC : paragraph 13
  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 68 : paragraph 11
  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 68 -P1 : paragraphs 12, 15
  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 234 : paragraphs 11, 12
  • TFEU, Article 267 : paragraph 11
  • Court of Justice - Rules of Procedure (1991) -A92P1 : paragraphs 10, 16
  • Regulation 44/2001 : paragraphs 13, 15
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A02 : paragraphs 1, 4
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A05PT3 : paragraphs 1, 5

Operative part


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Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 16/07/2009

Date of the Opinion

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Date of the hearing

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Date of delivery



Publication in the Official Journal

Application: OJ C 220 from 12.09.2009, p.29

Order: OJ C 24 from 30.01.2010, p.18

Name of the parties


Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Meister, Marie: Irrecevabilité d'une question préjudicielle, Europe 2010 Janvier Comm. nº 17 p.20-21
  2. Spickhoff, Andreas: Persönlichkeitsverletzungen im Internet: Internationale Zuständigkeit und Kollisionsrecht, Praxis des internationalen Privat- und Verfahrensrechts 2011 p.131-134

Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Tribunal de grande instance de Paris - France


  • area of freedom, security and justice
  • - Judicial cooperation in civil matters

Provisions of national law referred to

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Provisions of international law referred to

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Procedure and result

  • Reference for a preliminary ruling : dismissal on grounds of inadmissibility

Formation of the Court

huitième chambre (Cour)



Advocate General


Language(s) of the Case

  • French

Language(s) of the Opinion

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