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CIBA Vision fined 11.5 million by German Competition Authority
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • Germany
  • September 30 2009

CIBA Vision, the leading German contact lens producer, has been fined 11.5 million by the German Competition Authority (“BKartA”) for breaching competition law by restricting online trade and pressurising online retailers to follow recommended resale prices


German FCO comes down on companies “jumping the gun” just before amendments to the merger filing thresholds pass Germany’s State Council
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • Germany
  • March 3 2009

With revised merger filing thresholds due to enter into force shortly, the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) has fined two companies, Mars Inc. (Mars) and Druck- und Verlagshaus Frankfurt am Main GmbH (DuV), 4.5 million and 4.13 million respectively for gun-jumping ie, implementing a transaction that requires notification without prior clearance from the FCO


Commission approves proposed acquisition of Hypo Real Estate by Germany's Financial Market Stabilisation Fund
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • European Union, Germany
  • May 19 2009

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of German financial institution Hypo Real Estate AG by Germany's state-owned Financial Market Stabilisation Fund


The Commission consults on commitments offered by E.ON to address concerns in German gas market
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • European Union, Germany
  • January 30 2010

On 22 January 2010, the Commission published in the Official Journal a notice under Article 27(4) of Regulation 12003 to invite comments on commitments offered by E.ON pursuant to Article 9 of Regulation 12003


Federal Cartel Office conducts dawn raids based on suspicion of resale price maintenance
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • Germany
  • January 30 2010

On 14 January 2010, the German Federal Cartel Office ("FCO") conducted dawn raids on the premises of 11 retailers and 4 manufacturers of branded goods


Commission decision makes legally binding E.ON access commitments
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • European Union, Germany
  • May 31 2010

The Commission has adopted a decision that renders legally binding commitments offered by E.ON to effectively open up access to the German gas market thereby addressing concerns that it may have unfairly shut out competitors in a possible abuse of its dominant market position


Cartel Damage Claims files action against members of the hydrogen peroxide cartel
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • European Union, Germany
  • April 27 2009

Cartel Damage Claims (CDC) has lodged a claim against six members of the European-wide hydrogen peroxide cartel including Akzo Nobel, Solvay and Evonik Degussa, seeking to recoup over 600 million


European Court of Justice dismisses Deutsche Telekom "margin squeeze" appeal
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • Germany, European Union
  • October 31 2010

Confirming the General Court's ruling of 10 April 2008, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has dismissed Deutsche Telekom's (DT) appeal against a Commission decision which found DT had abused its dominant position in the German telecoms market between 1998 and 2001


Qualcomm loses appeal of toll collect remedies
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • European Union, Germany
  • June 23 2009

Qualcomm has lost its appeal against a European Commission decision conditionally approving a joint venture between DaimlerChrysler and Deutsche Telekom to run a truck toll collection system in Germany


Commission issues statement on aid for Opel Europe
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • European Union, Germany
  • September 30 2009

The Commission has issued a statement regarding the granting of State aid in the restructuring plan for the new Opel Europe, emphasising that the plan must make the company viable in the future