Region: Germany

Austria fines backpack maker for RPM and online sales ban

Austria’s Cartel Court has imposed a fine on a school bag manufacturer for vertical price-fixing policies lasting over seven years as well as restricting its dealers from making online sales.

03 August 2021

Germany opens Facebook/Kustomer probe due to Article 22 opposition

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said it will not refer deals to the European Commission unless they meet national notification thresholds, joining several other enforcers in rejecting the EU authority’s recent Article 22 guidance.

23 July 2021

EU enforcer announces first dawn raid since covid-19

The European Commission has raided a clothing manufacturer in Germany on suspicions of anticompetitive practices, marking its first publicly-announced inspection in over two years.

22 June 2021

FCO probes Apple under new competition powers

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has launched an investigation into Apple to examine whether its ecosystem gives it “paramount significance” for competition in digital markets.

21 June 2021

Germany opens another Google probe using new powers

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has opened another investigation into Google using its new competition tool, this time examining whether the planned integration of its online news service and general search function could impede rival third-parties or constitute self-preferencing.

04 June 2021

Daimler and Nokia settle patent licensing dispute

Daimler has agreed to pay Nokia to use the latter’s standard-essential patents in its car technologies, ending a high-profile dispute between the two companies that included an antitrust complaint to the European Commission and a referral to the European Court of Justice.

01 June 2021

Germany uses new powers to probe Google’s data practices

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has launched a third investigation under new national competition rules to examine whether Google’s data processing practices deprive users of choice about the use of their information.

25 May 2021

German enforcer wins appeal

Germany’s highest court has reinstated the Federal Cartel Office’s ruling that’s narrow price parity clauses infringed competition rules.

18 May 2021

Germany uses new powers to probe Amazon

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office is using new legal powers for only the second time to investigate whether Amazon has “paramount significance” for competition in digital markets, ahead of a possible decision to impose behavioural restrictions on the company.

18 May 2021

Clifford Chance snags Madero and promotes in Europe

Cecilio Madero Villarejo is set to join Clifford Chance’s antitrust practice in Brussels after 34 years at the EU’s competition enforcer.

05 May 2021

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