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  1. Legal news
    11 February 2019
    Facebook - at the cross-roads of data protection and competition law

    On Thursday, 7 February 2019, Germany’s competition watchdog Bundeskartellamt (German Federal Cartel Office, FCO) handed down its long-awaited decision on Facebook. It took the FCO nearly three years to conclude the ...

  2. Legal news
    15 March 2021
    Dispatch of newspapers and magazines- Deutsche Post AG exits rebate system

    The Deutsche Post AG (“DPAG”) has cancelled its until recently practiced discount system in relation to its dispatch services provided to newspaper and magazine publishers. The DPAG`s decision to stop discounting the ...

  3. Legal news
    15 September 2020
    FCO clears acquisition of dating platform Lovoo

    The ProSiebenSat.1 Group strengthens its Internet dating platform business with the acquisition of the US app developer Meet Group. Although the Federal Cartel Office (FCO) found, that the acquisition will lead to ...

  4. Legal news
    21 January 2020
    Ad blocking software - conflicting priorities on a two-sided market and competitive concerns

    Our German partner Jörg Witting and associate Heike Lesch look at the recent decision of the German Federal Supreme Court on ad blocker software and the relevant antitrust aspects.

  5. Legal news
    03 July 2018
    Algorithms and competition law

    The French and German competition authorities, Autorité de la concurrence and Bundeskartellamt, have started a joint project on algorithms and their effects on competition.

  6. Legal news
    16 February 2021
    Broadband development – FCO monitors cooperation between Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and Telefonica

    The German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) will monitor a future broadband development cooperation between Deutsche Telekom AG, Vodafone and Telefonica aimed at closing gaps (so called “grey spots”) in their mobile ...

  7. Legal news
    14 June 2019
    The Gmail Judgment of the Court of Justice: Some questions answered, new questions raised

    On June 13, 2019, the Court of Justice (CJ) announced its judgment in the Gmail case . The judgment provides the CJ’s view on a question that has been subject of a dispute with the German national regulator which ...

  8. Legal news
    17 May 2021
    German Federal Cartel Office against Facebook: now the European Court of Justice will decide

    Is Facebook abusing its dominant position in the market by collecting data on its own platforms and on third-party websites and combining it in a large data pool? The Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) has decided that ...

  9. Legal news
    19 April 2021
    New German antitrust rules to tackle digital markets

    Earlier this year, on 19 January 2021, the 10th amendment of the German Act against Restraints of Competition was adopted. This introduces a new ex ante regime which complements the existing competition law framework ...

  10. Legal news
    12 October 2020
    Dual pricing and dual distribution – the German perspective

    The EU Commission has confirmed in its recently published Evaluation that it is assessing the competitive effects of dual pricing and dual distribution. Following the significant growth of online sales, these practises ...