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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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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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Antitrust Super Tuesday

Antitrust Super Tuesday

PDF version: Click here Suggested Citation: Podszun, DKartJ 2023, 54 Such a mass of competition law developments on a single day is rare: Germany is getting the “New Competition Tool”, i.e. an amendment to its competition act, the ECJ has ruled in the matter of the Federal Cartel Office vs Facebook, and the companies that see themselves as digital gatekeepers in the sense of the Digital Markets Act have reported to the European Commission. Whew. On the Fourth of July…

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The Blue Wall: Competition and Sustainability in Berlin

The Blue Wall: Competition and Sustainability in Berlin

PDF Version: Click here Suggested Citation: Podszun, DKartJ 2023, 18-21. Are companies allowed to collude with other companies to jointly reduce CO2 emissions? Hardly any other question has been discussed more often at antitrust conferences across the country in recent years. This is also due to the fact that the first green-led Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection in Germany has named sustainability as a key topic in its Competition Law Agenda 2025. Researchers at the Heinrich Heine University…

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On our own account: Antitrust Law at the “Zeitenwende”

On our own account: Antitrust Law at the “Zeitenwende”

In Germany, anthologies with current essays on competition law are about as frequent as fines in abuse proceedings under the German competition act: they hardly ever happen. There are commemorative publications, the infamous German “Festschrift”, yes, but for one of those someone has to have a birthday. With no birthday around, I have something special to announce to you today: We proudly present  “Antitrust Law at the Zeitenwende – On the Way to the 11th and 12th Amendments to the…

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Conference Debriefing (31): ASCOLA2022

Conference Debriefing (31): ASCOLA2022

It is this time of the year when antitrust folks from around the world flood the airports and cause major disruptions in air travel. The reason is: They are all on the move to the next most exciting conference. Rupprecht Podszun attended #ASCOLA2022, the Annual Conference of the Academic Society for Competition Law that took place as an in-person event in Porto, Portugal. He answers the main questions in this Conference Debriefing! Name of event: 17th Annual Conference of ASCOLA (Academic Society for…

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Conference Debriefing (30): IKK & ICN

Conference Debriefing (30): IKK & ICN

It was the World Festival of Competition Law: Representatives of competition agencies came together in Berlin to celebrate two consecutive conferences: The traditional Bundeskartellamt’s International Cartel Conference (IKK) and the Annual Meeting of the International Competition Network (ICN). Most everyone was there, and so was Rupprecht Podszun who gives his Conference Debriefing here. Name of Event: XXI. Internationale Kartellkonferenz & 21st ICN Annual Conference Topic: “We are family!” – Okay, that was not the official topic, but it had a…

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