(Not really) News from the Facebook case

(Not really) News from the Facebook case

There is something new in the Facebook case. Or maybe not quite. Rupprecht Podszun brings you up to date on the current state of affairs in this spectacular German abuse proceedings, which has been going on for some time now in the courts (and this blog). And you may rejoice: The story will remain with us! In my calendar, 25 November 2020 is marked in red. On this day it is like it sometimes was in the old days when…

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Is that really necessary? Facebook, RFI and the General Court

Is that really necessary? Facebook, RFI and the General Court

The antitrust authorities regularly investigate whether GAFA companies misuse their massive market power. Recently, the DoJ’s proceedings against Google were reported here in our blog. Now one of these companies has turned the tables and fires back: Facebook has taken the European Commission to the General Court. Björn Herbers summarizes this extraordinary procedure. Facebook, excessive data collection, antitrust law… I know what you’re thinking and you’re right: data is the new oil, if there is anything that can tame the…

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Streit um Trassenentgelte

Streit um Trassenentgelte

Eisenbahninfrastrukturnutzungsentgelt ist ein Wort, das nicht jedem sofort über die Lippen geht. Hinter dem Wortungetüm verbirgt sich ein spannender Rechtsstreit an der Schnittstelle von Regulierungsrecht und Kartellrecht. Im Nahverkehr tätige Eisenbahnunternehmen streiten mit dem Netzbetreiber DB Netz AG um die Rückzahlung von Netznutzungsentgelten. Dieser Begriff ist auch aus dem Energiewirtschaftsrecht bekannt. Rechtsanwalt Eckhard Bremer, der in dieser Thematik mandatiert (und deshalb auch nicht unparteiisch) ist, gibt in diesem Blogbeitrag einen Einblick in das komplexe Geflecht, das inzwischen mehrfach den BGH…

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SSNIPpets (41): Hope!

SSNIPpets (41): Hope!

Lockdown light. Trump has been voted out of office, a company from Mainz, Germany, has apparently developed a vaccine, and most freshmen leave their cameras on during digital lessons in class. Glimmers of Hope. Rupprecht Podszun is riding the 2nd wave – here are his SSNIPpets, small but significant news, information and pleasentries – our pet project! The fifth season of the year Karneval, a German tradition that is close to Mardi Gras in New Orleans or the Rio Carnival,…

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DOJ v. Google – will Google be broken up?

DOJ v. Google – will Google be broken up?

The time has come: After some speculation about a lawsuit against Google in the USA, the US Department of Justice (“DOJ”) on 20 October 2020 has filed a lawsuit against Google for violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act (just two weeks before the presidential election!). Johannes Persch gives an overview of the 64-pages complaint. Google is accused of illegally maintaining its monopoly in the general search engine market by denying competitors access to distribution channels. Eleven States have joined the…

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Vermutung von 20 % Kartellpreisaufschlag – Rumänien verleiht der privaten Kartellrechtsdurchsetzung Biss!

Vermutung von 20 % Kartellpreisaufschlag – Rumänien verleiht der privaten Kartellrechtsdurchsetzung Biss!

Der Ruf nach Beweiserleichterungen bei der Bezifferung des kartellbedingten Schadens wird nicht nur in Deutschland immer lauter. Zuletzt wurde in unserem Blog über die folgenreiche Entscheidung des LG Dortmunds berichtet. In anderen Ländern ist der Gesetzgeber schon aktiv geworden. Dr. Gerhard Klumpe berichtet über aktuelle Entwicklungen aus Rumänien. Der schwierigste Aspekt eines Kartellschadensersatzanspruchs ist in der Praxis zweifellos die Feststellung des kartellbedingten Schadens, regelmäßig unterteilt in die Frage nach dem „Ob“ des Schadens einerseits und der konkreten Höhe des Schadens…

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Big Bang in Dortmund: Offhand Free Estimation of Cartel Damages

Big Bang in Dortmund: Offhand Free Estimation of Cartel Damages

The Regional Court of Dortmund caused a stir again. Most recently we reported here on the court’s decision on the right of the undertaking to claim damages itself. This time it was about the estimation of the amount of damages caused by cartels. Christian Kersting classifies the verdict. It is a well-known fact that it is hard to quantify cartel damages. German courts are very aware of this fact, which led to a surge of preliminary decisions on the merits…

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Conference Debriefing (21/22): Sustainability, Platforms

Conference Debriefing (21/22): Sustainability, Platforms

Once a year the Bundeskartellamt calls a meeting of professors and judges to discuss a current topic. This year’s topic was “sustainability and competition”. The day before, platform regulation had been discussed at the “European Data Summit” in Berlin. Rupprecht Podszun was present at both events – here is his double conference debriefing! Name of Event 1: Meeting of the Working Group on Competition Law (vulgo “Professors’ Conference”) Topic: “Open markets and sustainable business – public interest objectives as a…

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Regional Court Dortmund: Right to claim damages for the undertaking itself?!

Regional Court Dortmund: Right to claim damages for the undertaking itself?!

Things are not getting quiet in cartel damages law. Recently the LG Dortmund has ruled on the liability of sister companies. In our blog this was discussed here. In a brand-new decision the court has now also commented on the right of the undertaking to claim damages itself. Christian Kersting reports. Ever since the ECJ’s decision in Skanska (ECJ, dec. of March 14, 2019, C-724/17) it should be clear that the “undertaking” and its constituent parts are liable for competition…

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SSNIPpets (40): European Competition Days

SSNIPpets (40): European Competition Days

On some days the antitrust lawyer does not know where to look first, so much is happening. Rupprecht Podszun has no other choice. Without claiming to be complete, correct or chucklesome, he has noted down what he noticed recently in the wonderful world of competition. Here are his SSNIPpets – small but significant news, information and pleasantries – our pet project! Jubilee Line Is this a good day to send SSNIPpets? 60 years ago, OPEC, the infamous cartel of oil-exporting…

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