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  • BFH – Rate of inheritance tax applies to total amount

    BFH – Rate of inheritance tax applies to total amount

    Published: 20 May 2019

    In the case of inheritance tax, the taxable amount is not split up and subject to differential tax rates. That was the verdict of the BFH, Germany’s Federal Fiscal Court, in ruling from February 20, 2019 (Az.: II B 83/18). When it comes to inheritance and gift tax, certain tax allowances apply depending on the degree of kinship. The key factor in calculating the tax owed is the value of the asse...

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  • Antitrust violations – European Commission imposes fines on automotive suppliers

    Antitrust violations – European Commission imposes fines on automotive suppliers

    Published: 17 May 2019

    The European Commission has imposed fines totaling 368 million euros on two automotive suppliers for violations of antitrust law. The EU competition watchdog imposed the fines in response to illegal arrangements that the cartelists had entered into concerning the supply of safety belts, airbags and steering wheels. A third supplier was granted immunity pursuant to the leniency program for inform...

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  • OLG Frankfurt – Misleading advertising featuring superlatives

    OLG Frankfurt – Misleading advertising featuring superlatives

    Published: 14 May 2019

    Take care when using superlatives in advertising. A ruling by the OLG Frankfurt, the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt, from February 14, 2019 demonstrates their potential to easily mislead, as well as violate competition law (Az. 6 U 3/18). We at GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte note that adverts featuring misleading information are in breach of competition law. Particular attention should theref...

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  • Changes to trademark law – Markenrechtmodernisierungsgesetz comes into effect

    Changes to trademark law – Markenrechtmodernisierungsgesetz comes into effect

    Published: 08 May 2019

    The Markenrechtmodernisierungsgesetz (MaMog), i.e. the Trademark Law Modernization Act, entered into effect in Germany on January 14, 2019, introducing a number of changes to trademark law. The MaMog brings German trademark law into line with the EU Directive. We at the commercial law firm GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte note that this is part of the process of continuing to harmonize trademark la...

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  • BGH – Breach of copyright in the case of photographs of works of art

    BGH – Breach of copyright in the case of photographs of works of art

    Published: 07 May 2019

    According to a ruling of the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany’s Federal Supreme Court, even if works of art are no longer protected by copyright, taking pictures and publishing photos of them may be in breach of copyright. 70 years following an artist’s death, his or her works are no longer protected by copyright. We at the commercial law firm GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte note that this means t...

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  • Resale price maintenance – Bundeskartellamt imposes fine

    Resale price maintenance – Bundeskartellamt imposes fine

    Published: 06 May 2019

    The Bundeskartellamt, Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, has imposed a total fine of around 13.4 million euros on a bicycle wholesaler for entering into resale price maintenance arrangements with 47 retailers. Resale price maintenance entails the producer requiring its customers to sell the goods at a fixed price or not go below a certain price. We at the commercial law firm GRP Rainer Rechtsanw&#...

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  • Bundeskartellamt imposes fine due to unlawful supply association

    Bundeskartellamt imposes fine due to unlawful supply association

    Published: 03 May 2019

    The Bundeskartellamt, Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, has imposed a fine of around 1.4 million euros on an asphalt manufacturer for entering into illegal arrangements in connection with supply associations. According to an announcement by the Bundeskartellamt, it has imposed a fine of around 1.4 million euros on an asphalt manufacturer for being party to an illegal cartel agreement reported to ...

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  • GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Report on extraordinary termination of a commercial agency agreement

    GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Report on extraordinary termination of a commercial agency agreement

    Published: 30 Apr 2019

    Either party to a commercial agency agreement can give the other extraordinary notice of termination for good cause. One important example of good cause is where there is a breakdown in the relationship of trust. As in the case of other agreements, either party to a commercial agency agreement can give the other extraordinary notice of termination with immediate effect for good cause. Our experi...

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