Tönnies withdraws parts of lawsuit in court - rest dismissed

21-Aug-2023 - Germany
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In the dispute over the closure of Germany's largest slaughterhouse in the Corona pandemic, Tönnies has suffered a defeat. The Minden Administrative Court dismissed the complaint against parts of the closure order after an oral hearing on Tuesday. Tönnies had partially withdrawn its appeal shortly before the hearing. The complaint now to be heard no longer related to the closure of the entire slaughterhouse, but only to the restrictions on a forwarding subsidiary.

The district of Gütersloh had banned the operation in June 2020 following a spike in infection figures in the district and among employees of the meat processing plant. The company, based in Rheda-Wiedenbrück in eastern Westphalia, immediately filed a lawsuit against this. Prior to the hearing, Tönnies had waived part of the lawsuit in July 2023 and focused on the restriction at a subsidiary. As a freight forwarding company, it transports goods from Tönnies and also from other companies that are not based in Rheda-Wiedenbrück.

Tönnies had complained that the district had forbidden the company to use drivers and trucks of this company also from outside the company premises. At least, that was what the company had deduced from verbal orders and agreements with the district.

The administrative court, however, could not find any evidence for this. There had been no illegal order of this kind, said presiding judge Hans-Jörg Korte in his explanation of the verdict. The ruling is not yet legally binding. Tönnies can file an appeal with the Higher Administrative Court (OVG) for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia./lic/DP/jha (dpa)

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