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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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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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Streit um Trassenentgelte

Streit um Trassenentgelte

Eisenbahninfrastrukturnutzungsentgelt ist ein Wort, das nicht jedem sofort über die Lippen geht. Hinter dem Wortungetüm verbirgt sich ein spannender Rechtsstreit an der Schnittstelle von Regulierungsrecht und Kartellrecht. Im Nahverkehr tätige Eisenbahnunternehmen streiten mit dem Netzbetreiber DB Netz AG um die Rückzahlung von Netznutzungsentgelten. Dieser Begriff ist auch aus dem Energiewirtschaftsrecht bekannt. Rechtsanwalt Eckhard Bremer, der in dieser Thematik mandatiert (und deshalb auch nicht unparteiisch) ist, gibt in diesem Blogbeitrag einen Einblick in das komplexe Geflecht, das inzwischen mehrfach den BGH…

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SSNIPpets (41): Hope!

SSNIPpets (41): Hope!

Lockdown light. Trump has been voted out of office, a company from Mainz, Germany, has apparently developed a vaccine, and most freshmen leave their cameras on during digital lessons in class. Glimmers of Hope. Rupprecht Podszun is riding the 2nd wave – here are his SSNIPpets, small but significant news, information and pleasentries – our pet project! The fifth season of the year Karneval, a German tradition that is close to Mardi Gras in New Orleans or the Rio Carnival,…

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DOJ v. Google – will Google be broken up?

DOJ v. Google – will Google be broken up?

The time has come: After some speculation about a lawsuit against Google in the USA, the US Department of Justice (“DOJ”) on 20 October 2020 has filed a lawsuit against Google for violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act (just two weeks before the presidential election!). Johannes Persch gives an overview of the 64-pages complaint. Google is accused of illegally maintaining its monopoly in the general search engine market by denying competitors access to distribution channels. Eleven States have joined the…

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