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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


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


Commission approves German export credit scheme
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • Germany
  • September 30 2009

The financial crisis has caused many banks to experience severe difficulties in finding long-term funding


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


Commission opens in-depth investigation into aid package for German Landesbank BayernLB and its Austrian subsidiary Hypo Group Alpe Adria
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • Austria, European Union, Germany
  • May 19 2009

The European Commission has opened under EC Treaty State aid rules an in-depth investigation into State aid measures for German Landesbank BayernLB and its Austrian subsidiary Hypo Group Alpe Adria (HGAA


Commission approves aid package for German bank WestLB
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • European Union, Germany
  • May 19 2009

The European Commission has approved under EC Treaty State aid rules the 5 billion risk shield and accompanying measures for German bank WestLB, following an in-depth investigation opened in October 2008


Germany pushing for closer look at Google’s digital book plans at EU level
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • Germany, European Union
  • June 3 2009

Concern is growing among some EU member states over the possible effect on European rights-holders of a class-action settlement with Google as part of its project to digitise books


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