The Higher Regional Court Stuttgart, Germany passed a consumer-friendly judgment on 18 February 2019 – with far-reaching consequences for any advertising using the GOTS logo and/or name. The appeal decision was passed on a case where a textile printer had purchased blank GOTS certified T-shirts and then printed on them. However, the printer was not GOTS certified. According to the GOTS standard criteria, each processing step must be certified in order to exclude toxic or carcinogenic substances, among other criteria. The printed T-shirt was advertised as a GOTS certified end-product, so the Global Standard non-profit GmbH, the standard setter of GOTS, took legal action.