Adidas-Salomon Ag v Drape and others: ChD 7 Jun 2006

The claimants had sponsored tennis players to wear their logo. The respondents organised tennis tournaments whose intended rules would prevent the display of the claimant’s logos. The claimants said that the restriction interfered with their rights to trade within Europe.
Held: The rules were potentially a breach of the claimants rights to trade, and an interim injunction was granted to prevent their imposition: ‘Articles 81 and 82 contain competition rules of the European Community. They are of direct effect and impose on all undertakings to which they apply external constraints as to what they may do. If it is alleged that the ITF is in breach of either Article then it is the duty of the court to scrutinise its activities of which complaint is made and, if the case is made out, to give judgment against it. The principles applicable to decisions of domestic regulatory sporting bodies who are not in breach of either Article are not in point. But even if the latter principles did apply the discriminatory enforcement of sporting rules based on a fundamental misunderstanding of what the rule required, which Adidas submits is the case here, would entitle the court to interfere. ‘
The Chancellor of the High Court
[2006] EWHC 1318 (Ch)
England and Wales
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Updated: 08 April 2021; Ref: scu.242355