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Request for a preliminary ruling from the Landgericht Wiesbaden (Germany) lodged on 29 April 2013 – Stefan Fahnenbrock v Hellenic Republic

(Case C-226/13)

Language of the case: German

Referring court

Landgericht Wiesbaden

Parties to the main proceedings

Applicant: Stefan Fahnenbrock

Defendant: Hellenic Republic

Question referred

Is Article 1 of Regulation (EC) No 1393/2007 [of the European Parliament and] of the Council of 13 November 2007 on the service [in the Member States] of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters [(service of documents), and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1348/2000] 1 to be interpreted as meaning that an action – in which a purchaser of bonds issued by the defendant that were in the safe-keeping of S-Broker AG & Co. KG, in the securities account of the applicant, and in respect of which the applicant had not accepted the defendant’s exchange offer made at the end of February 2012, demands compensation for damages in the amount of the difference in value relative to an exchange of the bonds that was nonetheless effected in March 2012 and which was economically disadvantageous for the applicant – is to be regarded as a ‘civil or commercial matter’ within the meaning of the Regulation?


1 OJ 2007 L 324, p. 79.