The district court of Nuremberg upheld major existing policies regarding the withdrawal of an exhibitor from trade fair participation in a verdict from 17 July 2015.
The court ruled that the exhibitor is not unreasonably disadvantaged if, according to the organiser’s General Terms of Participation, the stand is first allocated after registration and at the same time as the approval and announcement of the hall and stand number. Especially with regard to the extensive planning efforts for larger trade fairs and the associated necessity to appropriately and reasonably adapt to the situation, the court deems it appropriate if a binding commitment to a stand is first made available at this time.
Organising a trade fair, which primarily consists of ensuring there are no gaps in exhibition halls, justifies a compensation claim of up to 25% of the agreed upon participation fee for administration fees and lost profit, regardless of whether or not the stand has been redistributed, should the exhibitor withdraw from the trade fair.
Even if a stand has been redistributed, the organiser may lay claim to the complete payment of the participation fee if other stands must be moved. In order to receive verification that the withdrawal led to no loss of profit, the withdrawing exhibitor must provide proof that a replacement has been found for the stand and that all other stands have been booked.
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