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Case C-315/92 Clinique [1994]

Case C-315/92 Verband Sozialer Wettbewerb eV v Clinique Laboratories SNC and Estée Lauder Cosmetics GmbH (‘Clinique’) [1994]


  • A German consumer protection measure prevented Clinique (an Estée Lauder consmetics brand) from marketing products labelled ‘Clinique’, as consumers might be misled into believing that the products were clinical in nature


  • Did this measure violate Art 34 TFEU on the prevention of measures affecting the free buy xanax mexico movement of goods between EU Member States?


  • Yes


  • The increased burden on Clinique to re-brand and re-advertise its products differently in Germany impeded on the free movement of goods
  • The German measure was not justifiable as protecting consumers as consumers were unlikely to be misled by the brnad name
  • This case had ramifications in German consumer law, which has since been reformed
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