Region: Germany

Booking.com can be sued where anticompetitive harm occurs, ECJ rules

A German hotel that listed its rooms on Booking.com can bring a standalone abuse of dominance action in the member state it operates in, despite the platform being based in the Netherlands, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

24 November 2020

Firms promote in Munich and London

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has promoted Kai Gesing to partner in Munich, while Ropes & Gray has promoted a former case officer at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority to counsel.

19 November 2020

German competition law amendments extremely close to finish line, Mundt says

The president of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said he expects his agency will be ready to enforce new domestic rules against digital platforms in the first few months of 2021, but warned it still faces challenges in bringing cases.

05 November 2020

Germany launches Amazon and Apple probe

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has launched an investigation into Amazon and Apple over suspicions that the companies entered into an agreement that prevented third-party retailers from selling Apple’s products on Amazon Marketplace.

29 October 2020

German enforcer criticised for choosing immunity race winner

An agrochemical supplier has challenged a cartel fine imposed by Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, arguing that the enforcer breached the principle of equal treatment by inviting three alleged conspirators to apply for immunity.

26 October 2020

Gibson Dunn adds to German antitrust team

Georg Weidenbach is leaving Latham & Watkins to join Gibson Dunn & Crutcher as a partner in Frankfurt.

20 October 2020

German court revives Carlsberg beer cartel case

Germany’s Federal Court of Justice has ordered a lower court to rehear Carlsberg’s previously successful appeal against a €62 million cartel fine, in a ruling that could lower the evidentiary threshold for establishing an anticompetitive information exchange.

13 October 2020

Spanish enforcer backs market share thresholds for digital deals

The head of Spain’s antitrust enforcer has said market share thresholds can help competition agencies to capture potentially anticompetitive deals in the digital economy.

08 October 2020

Germany's Facebook ruling – A treasure trove of novel issues

On 23 June 2020, Germany’s Federal Court of Justice upheld the immediate enforcement of an order by the Federal Cartel Office against Facebook, prohibiting the company from collecting user data from other Facebook-owned services or third-parties and merging them with the users’ accounts on the social network without specific consent. Debevoise & Plimpton partner Thomas Schürrle and associate Andrea Pomana explore the court’s novel 55-page reasoning and its potential implications.

28 September 2020

Germany scrutinises Edeka deal

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has opened an in-depth investigation into Edeka’s takeover of 72 Real supermarkets, two months after it launched a Phase II probe examining the impact of rival Kaufland’s purchase of 102 Real stores.

21 September 2020

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