German court rejects mineral water firms' case

Drinks importers to seek interim injunction from European court; government accuses industry of causing confusion

Mineral water importers to Germany were dealt a blow by a court in the state of Hesse yesterday, when it ruled as inadmissible their case that the introduction of mandatory deposits on one-way drinks containers would contravene EU competition law (EED 08/07/02).

The firms - from France, Belgium, Italy and Luxembourg - were told by the Wiesbaden court that the case should have been taken to the federal administrative court in Berlin. Yesterday's events illustrated that the situation in Germany was "incoherent and perverse", an adviser to the companies told ENDS Europe DAILY. He added that the firms were doing "their utmost to get their rights".

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