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  • GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Experience dealing with abuses of a dominant market position and violations of antitrust law

    GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Experience dealing with abuses of a dominant market position and violations of antitrust law

    Published: 15 Feb 2019

    Abuse of a dominant market position or superior market power constitutes a violation of antitrust law and can be sanctioned accordingly. In a judgment from January 23, 2018 on the so-called “Anzapfverbot”, i.e. the prohibition on demanding unjustified benefits from suppliers, the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany’s Federal Supreme Court, further tightened the rules regarding abuse of a dominant m...

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  • OLG Frankfurt – Misleading advertising by carrying over likes and reviews

    OLG Frankfurt – Misleading advertising by carrying over likes and reviews

    Published: 05 Feb 2019

    Franchisees need to be careful. If they change their franchise partner, they cannot simply carry over the likes and stars they have accumulated to the new company. Many businesses nowadays choose to present themselves online, including on social networks. Any positive reviews in the form of likes or stars that they accumulate naturally have a positive advertising effect. Franchisees need to be c...

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  • Purchasing cooperatives and antitrust law

    Purchasing cooperatives and antitrust law

    Published: 31 Jan 2019

    Purchasing cooperatives provide value to many retailers and traders. However, with these kinds of associations it is necessary to ensure that they do not violate antitrust or competition law. Purchasing cooperatives can be particularly beneficial for small and medium-sized merchants looking to strengthen their position in the market. While purchasing cooperatives of this kind are allowed under E...

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  • Possibility of formal warnings in response to violations of the GDPR

    Possibility of formal warnings in response to violations of the GDPR

    Published: 28 Jan 2019

    Whether a violation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) constitutes a violation of competition law and can therefore, as a matter of law, give rise to a formal written warning is still disputed. Many were concerned that the General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR for short, entering into force would herald a veritable wave of written warnings in response to violations of the Regula...

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  • BGH – Champagne must define the taste of a champagne sorbet

    BGH – Champagne must define the taste of a champagne sorbet

    Published: 24 Jan 2019

    A champagne sorbet needs to actually taste like champagne; otherwise, this description cannot be used. That was the verdict of the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany’s Federal Supreme Court, in a ruling from July 19, 2018 (Az.: I ZR 268/14). Not unlike in the case of brands, it is also possible to protect designations of origin on the grounds that consumers may associate geographical indications o...

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  • European Commission fines electronics manufacturers for e-commerce price manipulation

    European Commission fines electronics manufacturers for e-commerce price manipulation

    Published: 18 Jan 2019

    The European Commission has imposed fines in separate rulings on four electronics manufacturers totaling 111 million euros in response to violations of EU competition law. On 24 July 2018, the European Commission announced that four electronics manufacturers had been fined for dictating fixed and minimum prices to their online retailers for selling products and thus breaching EU competition law....

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  • Legality of advertising with statements on the effects of medical treatments

    Legality of advertising with statements on the effects of medical treatments

    Published: 16 Jan 2019

    Advertisements featuring statements on the effects of medical treatments are only permissible if they are supported by sound scientific evidence. This was reaffirmed by the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Frankfurt, the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt. Advertisements featuring health claims are subject to stringent requirements regarding the accuracy and ambiguity of the relevant statements. This is ...

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  • ECJ – Distinctive character necessary for registration as EU trade mark

    ECJ – Distinctive character necessary for registration as EU trade mark

    Published: 15 Jan 2019

    For a sign to be capable of being registered as an EU trade mark, it must be distinctive across the entire European Union. This was confirmed by the Court of Justice of European Union (ECJ) in a ruling from 25 July 2018. According to the ECJ’s case law, a sign lacking original distinctive character can only be registered as an EU trade mark if it has acquired distinctive character in the part of...

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