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Illegal price rigging – Bundeskartellamt imposes fines totaling 154.6 million euros

Illegal price rigging – Bundeskartellamt imposes fines totaling 154.6 million euros

Published: 13 Mar 2020

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, the Bundeskartellamt, has imposed fines totaling around 154.6 million euros on seven pesticide wholesalers for entering into illegal, anticompetitive price-fixing arrangements. According to information provided by the Bundeskartellamt, the pesticide wholesalers coordinated their price lists from 1998 to 2015. We at the commercial law firm MTR Rechtsanwälte c...

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Antitrust & Competition Law: Medical practice that does not admit inpatients is not a Klinik

Antitrust & Competition Law: Medical practice that does not admit inpatients is not a Klinik

Published: 10 Mar 2020

A medical practice that does not provide overnight accommodation for patients is not a Klinik and is not allowed to style itself as such. That was the verdict of the Landgericht (LG) Hamburg in a ruling from November 15, 2019 (Az. 315 O 472/18). The courts in Germany have had to wrestle with the German term “Klinik” (clinic/hospital/medical center) on many occasions. However, the BGH has since c...

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BGH – Use of protected seal of approval only allowed in connection with licensing agreement

BGH – Use of protected seal of approval only allowed in connection with licensing agreement

Published: 09 Mar 2020

The use of seals of approval that are protected trademarks is not permitted without corresponding licensing agreements. That was the verdict of Germany’s Federal Supreme Court, the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), on December 12, 2019 (Az.: I ZR 173/16, I ZR 174/16, and I ZR 117/17). Seals of approval can engender confidence among consumers in the quality of products. We at the commercial law firm MTR R...

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Profits from trading cryptocurrency subject to tax

Profits from trading cryptocurrency subject to tax

Published: 04 Mar 2020

Profits from the sale of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are subject to tax. That was the verdict of the Finanzgericht Berlin-Brandenburg in a ruling from June 20, 2019 (Az.: 13 V 13100/19). Many investors have invested in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. If cryptocurrency is sold again within a year and a profit is made in the process, we at the commercial law firm MTR Rechtsanwälte no...

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Carmakers given antitrust fine – Anticompetitive arrangements relating to steel procurement

Carmakers given antitrust fine – Anticompetitive arrangements relating to steel procurement

Published: 25 Feb 2020

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, the Bundeskartellamt, has imposed fines totaling approx. 100 million euros on three car manufacturers for anticompetitive practices in relation to the procurement of long steel. The Bundeskartellamt has asked three car manufacturers to pay up to the tune of around 100 million euros due to anticompetitive arrangements. We at the commercial law firm MTR Rechtsanw&#...

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ECJ – No trade in secondhand e-books without consent of the author

ECJ – No trade in secondhand e-books without consent of the author

Published: 24 Feb 2020

Reselling secondhand e-books without the consent of the author is not allowed. That was the verdict of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in a judgment from December 19, 2019 (Az.: C-263/18). The ruling by the ECJ significantly strengthens the position of copyright holders. Unlike in the case of a printed book, the condition of a digital copy does not deteriorate with use. We at the commercial ...

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Antitrust violation – Fines for steel producers

Antitrust violation – Fines for steel producers

Published: 12 Feb 2020

Germany’s Bundeskartellamt has fined three steel producers and three people in positions of responsibility to the tune of some 646 million euros for illegal price rigging. Price rigging hampers competition and is contrary to antitrust law, which is why the Bundeskartellamt has imposed fines totaling around 646 million euros on three steel producers and people in positions of responsibility. It a...

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GDPR violation – Telecom provider facing severe penalty

GDPR violation – Telecom provider facing severe penalty

Published: 07 Feb 2020

Inadequate data protection measures can prove costly. Following a recent case involving a real estate business, a telecom provider is the latest business facing a heavy fine. The GDPR came into force in May 2018. While fears of a wave of warning notices were never realized, the authorities are cracking down on violations of the GDPR. We at MTR Rechtsanwälte can report that fines running int...

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