Cases & Deals

Multinational chemical conglomerate successfully litigates against works council to enforce operational changes

Clients Multinational chemical conglomerate"

Jones Day represented a multinational chemical conglomerate against a works council denying the company's right to perform major operational changes. The litigation was aiming at a court-installed arbitration board while the works council claimed such arbitration board to be incompetent. The works council lost the first instance, appealed and lost again; all its counter-motions were rejected. Upon installing the arbitration board, the conclusion of a reconciliation of interests (Interessenausgleich) could be enforced, thus giving the company the possibility to perform the intended operational changes. Litigation with employees to be terminated could be avoided in all cases.