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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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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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(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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Is that really necessary? Facebook, RFI and the General Court

Is that really necessary? Facebook, RFI and the General Court

The antitrust authorities regularly investigate whether GAFA companies misuse their massive market power. Recently, the DoJ’s proceedings against Google were reported here in our blog. Now one of these companies has turned the tables and fires back: Facebook has taken the European Commission to the General Court. Björn Herbers summarizes this extraordinary procedure. Facebook, excessive data collection, antitrust law… I know what you’re thinking and you’re right: data is the new oil, if there is anything that can tame the…

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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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The Facebook decision: is everything clear now?

The Facebook decision: is everything clear now?

The Facebook decision of the German Federal Court of Justice this week is moving the competition law community – and not only them. After an initial statement by Rupprecht Podszun right after the decision was handed down, now Daniela Seeliger takes her turn. She clarifies what the Court has clarified – and what not. The Bundeskartellamt’s decision prohibiting Facebook from collecting and using data from its subsidiaries and third companies for its own business activities had caused a worldwide sensation….

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