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  • LAG Hamm: Dismissal on grounds of suspicion must comply with strict requirements

    LAG Hamm: Dismissal on grounds of suspicion must comply with strict requirements

    Published: 02 Apr 2018

    If an employer wants to issue notice of dismissal on grounds of suspicion, the circumstances need to be sufficiently suspicious such that it is almost certain the employee in question committed the relevant offence. For extraordinary notice of termination of an employment relationship to be effective, there needs to be good cause justifying this course of action. We at the commercial law firm GR...

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  • GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Report on the distinctiveness of a trade mark

    GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Report on the distinctiveness of a trade mark

    Published: 27 Mar 2018

    In order to be able to register a company symbol or logo as a trade mark, it needs to have the necessary distinctive character to distinguish it from the products and services of other businesses. Trade marks are a valuable commodity for businesses. They create a high degree of brand recognition among consumers and distinguish from competitors’ goods and services. Once it has been registered as ...

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  • GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Experience drafting valid wills

    GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Experience drafting valid wills

    Published: 21 Mar 2018

    Anyone who wants their estate to be organized in accordance with their wishes prepares a will. However, there are many pitfalls that can result in the will being ineffective. If the testator fails to leave behind any testamentary disposition then the rules of intestate succession apply. Those who want their estate to be distributed differently from what the rules of intestate succession allow fo...

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  • GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Evaluating a trade mark’s distinctiveness

    GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Evaluating a trade mark’s distinctiveness

    Published: 19 Mar 2018

    Before a mark can be registered as a trade mark, it needs to be assessed whether it possesses the necessary distinctiveness vis-à-vis other vendors’ products and services. Trade marks give rise to a high degree of brand recognition among consumers and are of great value to businesses. It therefore makes sense to have a mark registered with the Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt (DPMA), the Ger...

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  • LAG Rheinland-Pfalz: Employee needs to have good cause for termination with immediate effect

    LAG Rheinland-Pfalz: Employee needs to have good cause for termination with immediate effect

    Published: 09 Mar 2018

    For termination of an employment relationship with immediate effect to be effective, there needs to be good cause. This is true whether notice of dismissal is issued by the employer or the employee. Exceptional notice terminating an employment relationship with immediate effect is only possible if there is good cause. We at the commercial law firm GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte note that the grou...

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  • Dismissal with immediate effect for sending business documents to personal email address effective

    Dismissal with immediate effect for sending business documents to personal email address effective

    Published: 05 Mar 2018

    Anyone sending business documents to his or her personal email address should expect to be dismissed with immediate effect. This comes from a ruling of the Landesarbeitsgericht (LAG) Berlin-Brandenburg [Regional Labour Court of Berlin-Brandenburg] from May 16, 2017. An employer can terminate an employment relationship without notice if it has good cause to do so. We at the commercial law firm GR...

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  • Rescinding acceptance of an inheritance on account of an error

    Rescinding acceptance of an inheritance on account of an error

    Published: 02 Mar 2018

    It is only possible to rescind acceptance of an inheritance on account of an error concerning the estate’s over-indebtedness if the heir assumed that the estate was of value. An inheritance can be rejected. This has to happen within a period of six weeks, with this period starting from when the heir becomes aware of his status as an heir. We at the commercial law firm GRP Rainer Rechtsanwäl...

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  • OLG Bremen: Right reserved in a joint will to make amendments can be restricted

    OLG Bremen: Right reserved in a joint will to make amendments can be restricted

    Published: 27 Feb 2018

    The right reserved in a joint will to make amendments can be made conditional on the approval of a third party. That was the verdict of the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Bremen [Higher Regional Court of Bremen]. To provide the surviving spouse with financial security, spouses often draw up a joint will mutually appointing each other as sole heirs and usually their children as final heirs. We at the co...

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