Doping offence: Public interest beats personality right

Publication date: 17/02/2010

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Judgement of LG Hamburg (Regional Court Hamburg) of 29/05/2009, file number: 324 O 1002/08

If a sportsman offends against the anti-doping regulations, the offence may be published. The plaintiff, member of the accused rowing club, offended against these rules, whereupon a warning to the sportsman was published on the homepage of the defendant. Herein the sportsman saw his general personality right injured. Nevertheless, the Regional Court of Hamburg did not share this view: Though the personality right is affected, however, in justified manner. In fact, there would be a public interest in this information, since doping offence is an important sports...

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