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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Competition Law in a Time of Political and Economic Transformation

Competition Law in a Time of Political and Economic Transformation

The developments in Poland and other EU Member States worry some observers who see the rule of law may be compromised. Does competition law have anything to do with this – and should antitrust scholars be concerned? We asked Maciej Bernatt, a professor of competition law at University of Warsaw, to shed some light on this issue. Many competition law scholars and practitioners would like to see competition law detached from politics, and for good reasons. In practice, however, this…

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German Premiere: Dortmund Court on Group Liability

German Premiere: Dortmund Court on Group Liability

Damages claims remain a hot topic for many European courts. In this blog, we follow the tricky issues regarding the liability of corporate groups in such cases with some dedication. Christian Kersting and Hans-Markus Wagener report that the District Court of Dortmund, an important forum for such claims, handed down a decision that will spark new debates in Germany. Civil liability for violations of EU competition law is keeping national civil courts increasingly busy. Whenever they have to decide in…

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Conference Debriefing (20): ASCOLA2020

Conference Debriefing (20): ASCOLA2020

The Academic Society for Competition Law, ASCOLA, regularly brings together the academics who research and teach in the area of competition – even this year! Instead of going to lovely Porto, however, the community of antitrust aficionados met in a three-day-Zoom-conference. Rupprecht Podszun was one of the hosts. He is the Ascola Vice President, and defying all journalistic ethics, he interviews himself here and gives his personal conference debrief for the readers of D’Kart. Thankfully, less biased Friso Bostoen shares…

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