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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


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


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 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 MCE by Bilfinger Berger, subject to conditions
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • Austria, European Union, Germany
  • December 31 2009

The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Austrian company MCE AG by German-based Bilfinger Berger AG, both active in industrial services and the installation of high pressure pipes


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


Commission welcomes E.ON proposals to increase competition in German gas market
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • European Union, Germany
  • December 31 2009

The Commission has welcomed remedies offered by the German energy company E.ON in response to concerns expressed by the Commission that certain E.ON practices may constitute a breach of EC rules on abuse of a dominant market position (Article 102 TFEU