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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CONFERENCE DEBRIEFING (21): REGULIERUNG FÜR ALGORITHMEN

CONFERENCE DEBRIEFING (21): REGULIERUNG FÜR ALGORITHMEN

Die Wissenschaftliche Vereinigung für das gesamte Regulierungsrecht hat sich in ihrem 5. Symposium dem Thema Regulierung von Algorithmen gewidmet. Es handelt sich dabei um eine Thematik die – nicht nur im Kartellrecht – seit einigen Jahren heiß diskutiert wird. Der kleine, feine Zusammenschluss von Professorinnen und Professoren aus dem Zivilrecht und dem Öffentlichen Recht tagt üblicherweise hinter verschlossenen Türen. Aber im Corona-Jahr ist alles anders: In diesem Jahr konnte sich jeder per Zoom einwählen. Adrian Deuschle hat’s getan und berichtet…

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Miba/Zollern: Ministerial authorisation revisited

Miba/Zollern: Ministerial authorisation revisited

Actually, there are no longer any legal disputes about the German special instrument of ministerial permission for mergers blocked by the Bundeskartellamt since the right of appeal was effectively cut off in 2017. Or so we thought. Now the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court heard the case Miba/Zollern. Philipp Offergeld reports of an entertaining oral hearing. The legal dispute regarding the establishment of the joint venture between Miba AG and Zollern GmbH & Co KG entered the next round on Wednesday,…

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Podcast: Kartellschadensersatzrecht mit Dr. Gerhard Klumpe

Podcast: Kartellschadensersatzrecht mit Dr. Gerhard Klumpe

In diesem Semester hatten die Besucher unserer Ringvorlesung Wirtschaftsrecht das Vergnügen, einem Vortrag zur Einführung ins Kartellschadensersatzrecht von Dr. Gerhard Klumpe virtuell beizuwohnen. Ein Vorteil der digitalen Lehre in Corona-Zeiten ist die Möglichkeit, solche Präsentationen aufzuzeichen und zu verbreiten. Wir freuen uns daher, diesen Vortrag auch den Lesern von D’Kart bereitstellen zu dürfen. Dr. Gerhard Klumpe ist Vorsitzender Richter am Landgericht Dortmund. Dort ist er zuständig für die Kammer für Handelssachen und die Kammer für Kartellsachen.

Taxation under state aid law: Apple Ireland

Taxation under state aid law: Apple Ireland

The European Court has sided with Ireland in the dispute between the EU Commission and Ireland over Apple’s tax payments. For Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager and her strategy to regulate digital companies, this was a bitter blow. Andreas Bartosch looks at the decision. Fiscal aid has always been one of the most intellectually challenging aspects of the application of EU state aid law. The element of material selectivity is always at the centre of analysis. I once took the liberty…

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Monopolies Commission: Competition 2020

Monopolies Commission: Competition 2020

The Monopolies Commission advises the German Government on competition policy issues. Today it presented its 23rd main report – each time a source of impulses and ideas for antitrust law. For the D’Kart-Blog, Dr. Klaus Holthoff-Frank, the Secretary General of this independent body, gives an overview of what the Monopolies Commission has made the subject of its deliberations this time. What are the topics? The Monopolies Commission sees competition in Germany and Europe currently threatened by three developments in particular:…

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