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  1. 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.

  2. 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 ...

  3. Legal news
    18 August 2020
    Germany - Federal Cartel Office approves Intersport’s online platform

    Intersport switched its online sales platform operated by the Intersport subsidiary Intersport Digital GmbH (“IDG”) to a so-called "drop shipment business model". The FCO approved the business model due to it ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Legal news
    13 July 2020
    Facebook’ abuse of dominance over data collection confirmed by the Federal Court of Justice

    The Federal Court of Justice (FCJ) has provisionally confirmed the Federal Cartel Office’s (FCO) decision which prohibited Facebook from collecting and processing data of Facebook users generated on other platforms and ...

  6. Legal news
    11 June 2020
    Technical building companies fined by FCO

    Eleven providers of technical building services, such as design and installation of technical equipment for large building complexes such as shopping centres, office buildings or power plants were fined in total ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Legal news
    26 March 2019
    New German Trade Secrets Act adopted

    After several months of delay and heated political discussion among all German parties on the scope of protection of the draft act, on Thursday, 21 March 2019, the German parliament adopted the Federal Government’s ...

  10. Legal news
    11 February 2020
    New German legislation allows access to the iPhone's NFC antenna

    As part of the implementation of the fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD5), the German Parliament has decided to require providers of technical infrastructures, such as Apple in relation to the Near Field ...