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Update: The Dispute over Track Access Charges in Germany

Update: The Dispute over Track Access Charges in Germany

Various private railway undertakings and their public clients are in dispute with Deutsche Bahn over the reimbursement of charges for access to railway tracks and stations. Lawyer Eckhard Bremer already reported on this dispute in this blog in November 2020. Bremer is one of the plaintiffs’ representatives. The legal issue at the heart of the dispute concerns the relationship between cartel damages law and the public law regulatory regime for the rail sector. After several rulings of the German Bundesgerichtshof, the Federal Supreme Court,…

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Good night, ‘most favoured nation’ clauses!

Good night, ‘most favoured nation’ clauses!

Almost a year ago, the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court (OLG) caused a stir with its booking.com decision. D’Kart had reported on it here. In its ruling of 18 May 2021, the German Federal Supreme Court (Bundesgerichtshof) ruled on the Bundeskartellamt’s appeal and once again overturned a decision by the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court. Adrian Deuschle reports on the decision from Karlsruhe. Price parity clauses or most favoured nation (MFN) clauses are a hot topic in the digital economy: In 2012,…

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Ultra vires?

Ultra vires?

Peter Meier-Beck on the judgment of the German Constitutional Court In a sensational judgement last week, the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) denied the primacy of European law in a case involving decisions of the European Central Bank. The decision caused “horror” with Prof. Dr. Peter Meier-Beck, a presiding judge at the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof). In this article he speaks as a high-ranking judge and makes it clear that he does not share the opinion of the…

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Skanska Industrial – Opinion of Advocate General Wahl

Skanska Industrial – Opinion of Advocate General Wahl

The Skanska case is a much anticipated ECJ case on damages. The question of this case is who is liable – or put differently: What is an undertaking in the meaning of Art. 101 TFEU? And is TFEU applicable anyway? Advocate General Nils Wahl has spoken and Jörn Kramer reviews his opinion. Dieser Text ist auch auf Deutsch verfügbar. Klicken Sie dazu einfach oben rechts auf die Flagge. Finishing his term as Advocate General, Nils Wahl delivered his now last…

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The Coty Case: First Comments by Haucap and Orth

The Coty Case: First Comments by Haucap and Orth

The CJEU just released its long awaited decision on the Coty case. As we did with the Google case earlier this year, we asked two antitrust experts to share their first impressions about the Coty decision with us: Justus Haucap, the DICE economist, and Mark Orth, the MEO lawyer, explain a case that defines online distribution.   Justus Haucap “A supplier of luxury goods can prohibit its authorised distributors from selling those goods on a third-party internet platform such as Amazon”. This…

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Intel darf weiterzittern

Intel darf weiterzittern

Der Europäische Gerichtshof hat heute die Sache Intel (Rs. C-413/14 P) entschieden und damit einen der aufwändigsten Missbrauchsfälle der letzten Jahre einer Überprüfung unterzogen. Der Fall, in dem die Kommission eine Rekordbuße wegen Rabatten verhängt hatte, geht zurück zum EuG. Jörn Kramer nimmt eine erste Einordnung vor.