Ermittlungsbefugnisse im Kartellbußgeldverfahren 4.0

Ermittlungsbefugnisse im Kartellbußgeldverfahren 4.0

Bei der GWB-Reform standen in der öffentlichen Diskussion die digitalen Themen ganz im Vordergrund. Anlass der Änderungen war aber die ECN+-Richtlinie, in der es vor allem ums Verfahrensrecht geht. Thomas Wostry hat sich die neugefassten Vorschriften zu den Ermittlungsbefugnissen der Kartellbehörden kritisch angesehen. Während die Bundesregierung der 19. Legislaturperiode weiterhin über Ob und Wie eines Verbandssanktionengesetzes berät, schreitet sie bei der Reform des Kartellbußgeldverfahrens aufgrund europäischer Verpflichtungen zügig voran und zieht das Netz der Ermittlungsbefugnisse merklich zusammen. Wenn man dem…

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SSNIPpets (43): Tektonik

SSNIPpets (43): Tektonik

While marveling in the provisions of the new German competition act, indulging in a new podcast and anticipating feverishly (not literally) the solution of the vaccination problems, Rupprecht Podszun found a bit of time. And wrote the SSNIPpets – small but significant news, information and pleasantries – our pet project! Romantic competition Recently, the 130th anniversary of Nicolaus Otto’s death was commemorated, at least in the WDR radio programme ZeitZeichen, which has been running since 1972 (!). Otto, who invented…

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Happy New GWB!

Happy New GWB!

A few hours ago, the “GWB Digitisation Act”, reforming German competition law, passed the Bundestag. Thus, with a long lead time, the reform of German antitrust law has been set in motion, which may now become law very quickly. The focus of public interest is above all the strengthening of the Federal Cartel Office against big tech. Philipp Bongartz puts the latest developments into context. With the votes of the Grand Coalition of CDU, CSU and SPD as well as…

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Kartellrechtskontrolle auf Abwegen? Die Facebook-Entscheidung des BGH

Kartellrechtskontrolle auf Abwegen? Die Facebook-Entscheidung des BGH

Das Facebook-Verfahren des Bundeskartellamts beschäftigt weiter die Gerichte – aktuell bereitet das OLG Düsseldorf die Verhandlung in der Hauptsache vor, der BGH prüft indes die Beschwerde des Bundeskartellamts gegen den Hängebeschluss des OLG im zweiten Eilverfahren. Johannes Kruse und Felix Beckmann blicken derweil auf eine verfahrensrechtliche Frage. Was kümmert uns der Weg? Der Zweck, mag er auch noch so wünschenswert erscheinen, heiligt nicht die Mittel. Ein „gerechtes“ Ergebnis, das nicht in einem (äußerlich erkennbar) gerechten Verfahren zustande kommt, kann kein…

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Offline

Offline

Today saw the final installment of our Antitrust Advent Calendar 2020 – a definite sign that the year draws to a close. Yet, if we learned one thing in the Youknowwhatyear it is this: Nothing is definite. Rupprecht Podszun has some (preliminary?) closing remarks. When I wrote the final message in 2019, I looked forward “to the exciting developments in 2020” – not anticipating just how exciting it would be. We saw the Facebook case taking twists and turns in…

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Two Christmas gifts: DMA and GWB10

Two Christmas gifts: DMA and GWB10

At the end of the year, the legislators have mercy with the competition law community: The EU Commission published the draft for the Digital Markets Act right in time to take it into the Christmas break. The German Parliament left the stage to the lawmakers in Brussels and did not pass the 10th amendment of the German competition act. The MPs seem to hesitate. Dr. Thomas Lübbig and Ole Schley take a closer look. 2020 was a year in which…

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FTC v. Facebook

FTC v. Facebook

This is the second high-profile lawsuit filed by U.S. antitrust authorities within a few months. After the Department of Justice (DoJ) filed a lawsuit against Google at the end of October, the second competition watchdog, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), is now showing its teeth against Big Tech. On December 9, 2020, it filed a lawsuit against Facebook for violations of competition law. Johannes Persch gives a first overview of the 53-page complaint. As in the DoJ’s case against Google,…

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GWB10: The day before

GWB10: The day before

Today, the EU Commission wants to present the plans for the Digital Markets Act, which will give antitrust law completely new instruments – but which must not then be assigned to antitrust law. At the same time, this week the German competition law amendment will be passed in Parliament (or so we expect). And we also have a nice and spicy message on the German Facebook proceedings. Rupprecht Podszun reports. Post Scriptum (16 Dec 2020): The German Parliament will not…

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2020 Antitrust Advent Calendar

2020 Antitrust Advent Calendar

What a year! We are getting close to the end of 2020 (and some say: better so), but obviously, we still have our DECEMBER SPECIAL for you: the Antitrust Advent Calendar! To review the year in competition law, D’Kart asked personalities from the antitrust community all over the world to answer the following question: What has been the most significant competition law case or competition law development in your country in 2020? But we did not leave it at this….

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(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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