Don’t You (Forget About Me)

Don’t You (Forget About Me)

Dr. Gerhard Klumpe, one of Germany’s best-known antitrust judges, discussed private antitrust enforcement in leading jurisdictions in Brussels. For our blog D’Kart, the presiding judge at Dortmund Regional Court describes his impressions of international trends in private enforcement. Don’t You (Forget About Me) – not only is this Simple Minds anthem familiar to anyone who grew up in the 1980s, it is also the defining music of the film The Breakfast Club, in which five people meet in the morning…

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Conference Debriefing (40): Studienvereinigung Working Session 2023

Conference Debriefing (40): Studienvereinigung Working Session 2023

PDF Version: Click here Suggested Citation: Weichbrodt, DKartJ 2023, 116-120 The annual conference of the Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht took place in Bonn on 7 December 2023. Once again this year, the focus was on the major and minor problems of competition law, on looking back and looking forward, but also on the love of the local press – and very specific tastes in the Bundeskartellamt. Johannes Weichbrodt reports. Traditions are as much a part of Christmas as the star on the fir tree….

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Antitrust Advent Calendar 2023

Antitrust Advent Calendar 2023

This is the D’Kart Antitrust Advent Calendar 2023!  Every day in the run-up to Christmas we will open a new door for you with a question to answer. This is competition, you know, you have to perform! To help you with the answers, we generated pictures illustrating 24 key moments of the year. Since we are really cutting-edge here at Düsseldorf (and you do not expect anything less, we know) we used Artificial Intelligence to create the pictures. The magics of AI…

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Anticipation!

Anticipation!

I was recently at the Higher Regional Court in Düsseldorf and followed a hearing – you may have read about it here. As we were still standing in the corridors afterwards, an employee of the Bundeskartellamt asked me whether it would be back this year… And when I recorded our podcast “Bei Anruf Wettbewerb” with Justus Haucap yesterday, he asked me on air whether it would be back this year… and both of them had anticipating eyes. And of course!…

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In court: Pharmacy customer magazines

In court: Pharmacy customer magazines

PDF-Version: Click here Suggested Citation: Podszun, DKartJ 2023, 107-112 It’s about elderly ladies, an arrow diagram and has somethig to do with media: the German Bundeskartellamt defended a merger clearance decision before the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court – a competitor would have preferred a prohibition. Rupprecht Podszun was at the oral hearing of the 1st Cartel Senate and reports. Wednesday mornings at the OLG When lawyer Till Steinvorth is given the floor, it is 11:27 a.m. on Wednesday, 15 November…

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SSNIPpets (48): The latest of the latest

SSNIPpets (48): The latest of the latest

PDF-Version: Click here Suggested Citation: Podszun, DKartJ 2023, 97-102 The 11th amendment to the German competition law act (GWB) has entered into force. The 12th amendment of the GWB is being prepared. Is GWB13 around the corner? We don’t have an answer to this question (which is not far-fetched) – but we do have the most important news of the week, compiled by Rupprecht Podszun. The knot We recently spoke to an observer of the antitrust scene in Germany who resides…

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If I had a broadaxe….

If I had a broadaxe….

PDF-Version: Click here Suggested Citation: Klumpe, DKartJ 2023, 89-91 In Düsseldorf, the association of competition lawyers called “Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht” held a meeting to discuss litigation on cartel damages. Dr. Gerhard Klumpe, one of the most prolific German antitrust judges, was on the panel. Here he gives his impressions of the evening. Say, a lawyer, a competition economist and a judge meet at a bar table… when a story begins like this, we are either in for a good laugh or –…

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Conference Debriefing (39): International Competition Network 2023

Conference Debriefing (39): International Competition Network 2023

PDF-Version: Click here Suggested Citation: Podszun, DKartJ 2023, 81-86 What do competition law enforcers actually talk about when they meet? We sent Rupprecht Podszun to listen in at the International Competition Network’s Annual Conference, this year in Barcelona. Here is his conference debriefing in the form of an interview, revealing – inter alia – missing film titles, a funny misunderstanding and a new topic for antitrust enforcement. Name of the event: Annual Meeting of the International Competition Network (ICN) Place &…

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Conference Debriefing (38): Professors go Kartellamt

Conference Debriefing (38): Professors go Kartellamt

PDF-Version: Click here Suggested Citation: Podszun, DKartJ 2023, 76-81 What place does economics have in competition law – and especially in abuse of dominance cases? When this question is discussed in Germany, good entertainment is guaranteed. The Bundeskartellamt, the Federal Cartel Office, is not exactly notorious globally for its more economic approach. It invited the German-speaking antitrust world to the debate. The whole antitrust world? No, lawyers from law firms and companies were left out. But Rupprecht Podszun was there…

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Conference Debriefing (37): 6. Offenes Doktorandenseminar

Conference Debriefing (37): 6. Offenes Doktorandenseminar

PDF-Version: Hier klicken Zitiervorschlag: Bukpiev/Zwilling, DKartJ 2023, 67-70 Auch dieses Jahr lud das Institut für Kartellrecht (IKartR) der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf zum kartellrechtlichen Doktorandenseminar. Am 11. und 12. September versammelten sich zahlreiche Namen aus der Kartellrechts-Community für einen fachlichen Austausch. Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden aus Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz schwärmten voller Vorfreude nach Düsseldorf, wo sie ein spannendes Programm erwartete. Karl Bukpiev und Moritz Zwilling berichten. Der erste der beiden Tage begann dabei direkt mit einem Highlight: Nach einigen (bei dem Wetter vielleicht zu) warmen Begrüßungsworten…

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