The Federal Court in Germany has found against a domestic wine company for using the name Champagne, according to press reports. Agence France Presse said yesterday (19 May) that the producer has repeatedly lost cases on the matter in the past.

Joerg Geiger, a producer in Schlat in western Germany, has been banned from marketing a sparkling pear drink made from a type of pear known locally as 'Champagner bratbirne.'

Geiger's appeal against two earlier rulings was thrown out yesterday.

Legal proceedings were launched by an umbrella group for French Champagne producers against Geiger, AFP noted.

The domain name of Champagne has been protected since 1960.