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Please find below all our Newsletters in English. Further Newsletters can be found on the German version of our website.

Newsletter 2016

June

  • Proposed legislative amendments to German antitrust law
    Long-awaited ministerial draft published for public consultation
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  • German Federal Cartel Office - Annual Report 2015
    Most notable cases and activities of the "European Competition Agency of the Year"
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March

  • Most favored nation clauses under scrutiny (II)
    Hotel online booking platforms - a never ending story?
    German Federal Cartel Office orders Booking to stop using "narrow best price clauses"
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January

  • Controversy over marketplace bans for distributors of branded products in Germany
    Recent judgment of Frankfurt Higher Regional Court (re Deuter) dissents with reasoning of Federal Cartel Office (re ASICS)
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Newsletter 2015

December

  • German court finds "wedding-rebates" requested by food retailer EDEKA from its suppliers are not abusive
    Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court provides further guidance on determining the dividing line between admissible tough negotiations and abusive conduct of dominant undertakings
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November

  • Access to file by third parties in German administrative antitrust proccedings
    Federal Court of Justice strengthens the position of antitrust damage claimants
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October

  • Jurisdiction of German courts in antitrust damages claims
    Lessons learnt from the EU Court of Justice's ruling in CDC Hydrogen Peroxide
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September

  • Resale Price Maintenance vs. Hub & Spoke Cartels
    German Federal Cartel Office assesses vertical and horizontal price fixing in cartel proceedings focusing on the food sector
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July

  • German Federal Cartel Office: Activitiy Report 2013/2014, Annual Report 2014 and an outlook for 2015
    Most natable cases and activities of the FCO during the last two years
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March

  • Intragroup allocation of an antitrust fine under German law
    The German Federal Court of Justice allows claims of a parent company from its (former) subsidiary because of its participation in a cartel
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Newsletter 2014

November

  • Domestic Effects in German Merger Control
    The German Federal Cartel Office has published new guidelines on the scope of German merger control in foreign-to-foreign mergers
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October

  • Damage claim against Dornbracht and its managing director for restrictions of online sales
    OLG Düsseldorf grants damages for vertical stand-alone infringement and clears the way for holding company managers personally liable for redress
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 September

  • Online restrictions under scrutiny in Germany
    Bundeskartellamt closed its investigations against adidas after the company gave up market place bans and restrictions of search engine advertising 
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 June

  • Umbrella pricing victims may seek damages from cartelists
    ECJ rules that members of a cartel may be liable for damages based on price increases implemented by independent third parties following the cartel
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 May

  • Most favored nation clauses under scrutiny
    German Federal Cartel Office prohibits best price clause of online hotel portal HRS
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April

  • Investors to watch out for antitrust compliance of portfolio companies
    Commission fines Goldman Sachs € 37 million for investment in cartelist
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Newsletters 2013
  

 November

  • German Federal Cartel Office: Activity Report 2011/2012
    Highlights of cases and activites not published
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August

  • Key amendments of the German Act Against Restraints of Competition
    Amendments effective since June 30, 2013
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June

  • New Fining Guidelines of the Federal Cartel Office
    Implementation of the Federal Court of Justice's decision in the cement cartel case
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March

  • Annual Review 2012 and Trends 2013
    Last year's highlights in German and European competition law and trends for this year
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Newsletters 2012
  

July

  • Separate assessment of certain transactions under German merger control and general competition law
    Case Agronovita: German FCO clears jv under merger control, but opens examination proceedings under general competition law
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April  

  • German merger control also applies to concentrations completed abroad
    Violation of the prohibition to put a concentration into effect by creating a foreign joint venture with effects in Germany - Case Summary: EMC/Cisco
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February  

  • Competition policy as a means to restore global economy?
    Increased antitrust enforcement in the financial and banking industries by competition authorities around the world
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January

  • Global automotive supply antitrust investigations reach historic dimensions
    Update of Commeo Newsletter of 31 August 2011
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Newsletters 2011

  • Vertical agreements
    ECJ decision in Pierre-Fabre; ongoing investigations of European competition authorities concern hub and spoke scenarios, modern distribution systems and e-commerce
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  • Global investigations
    Automotive suppliers remain subject to scrutiny by cartel authorities around the world
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  • German Federal Cartel Office
    Activity Report 2009/2010 and key points of the 8th amendment of the German Act Against Restraints of Competition
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  • Leniency applications still protected from disclosure?
    ECJ decision in case Pfleiderer AG v. Bundeskartellamt, Case C-360/09
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  • General Court - Siemens AG Österreich
    EU's General Court clarifies rules of joint and several liability for cartel fines
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  • Advocate General Mazák confirms Commission's approach regarding internet sales in selective distribution systems
    Opinion in case Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique
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  • European Commission adopts revised rules on Horizontal Cooperation Agreements
    Revised Guidelines and Block Exemption Regulations on R&D and Specialisation
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Newsletters 2010
 

  • EU Commissioner Almunia
    Policy developments in EU competition law - Recent key remarks
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  • ECJ - Akzo Nobel
    In-house communication not covered by legal professional privilege
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