On a retailer’s liability for a customer’s incision

The Local Court of Munich had to decide whether the operator of a supermarket is liable for a painful cut that a customer had sustained when taking a bottle of rum from a pyramid of bottles.

The judgment is focussed on the extent of the so-called “duty to safeguard societal intercourse” (Verkehrssicherungspflicht) of the German legal system. Already at the beginning of the 20th century German courts recognised this general duty of everyone who owns or operates something that third people have access to. The operator must take reasonable measures to protect anyone from harm who could get in contact with the hazard.

To read the longer, German summary of the judgment, click here.