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Global Competition Review | European Union, Germany | 24 Jun 2022

Germany: how the FCO is taking on the world

In early 2021, the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) received a sophisticated new toolkit. The new toolkit is intended to better ensure competition…
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Global Competition Review | Germany, United Kingdom | 24 Jun 2022

Germany: FCO at the forefront in the digital era

Competition is the driving force of the economy, and the Federal Cartel Office (FCO) always takes a stand for its protection. In all sectors, the FCO…
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Lexology PRO | European Union, Germany | 21 Jun 2022

Germany probes Google Maps under new competition powers

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has opened its third investigation into Google under its new Section 19A powers, over suspicions that the company harmed competition in the market for online mapping services by imposing unfair restrictions on rivals.
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Global Competition Review | Germany | 16 Jun 2022

Germany: cartels, the dynamics of settlements and the (risky) court battle

The German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) continues to be an active, sophisticated and efficient enforcement authority. Most cartel cases in Germany are…
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Blomstein | Germany | 1 Jun 2022

Competition Register: New Tool Now Sharpened

Starting on 1st of June 2022, contracting authorities are obliged to consult the Competition Register to determine whether one of the bidders in a…
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Fieldfisher | Germany | 26 May 2022

FCO classifies Meta as company with paramount significance for competition across markets

Recently, the Federal Cartel Office (FCO) classified Meta Platforms Inc as an undertaking with paramount significance for competition across markets. Thus, following a similar decision against Google and Alphabet Inc at the end of 2021, the FCO has now subjected another large digital group to the special abuse control of section 19a(1) of the Act against Restraints of Competition.
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Hausfeld LLP | Germany | 20 May 2022

First practical experiences with the private enforcement of the German ‘tipping paragraph’ (Sec. 20(3a) Competition Act)

In early 2021, the German legislator amended the country’s antitrust law and introduced, inter alia, Sec. 20(3a) to the German Competition Act. The…
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Lexology PRO | European Union, Germany, United Kingdom | 12 May 2022

Mundt disputes self-executing nature of DMA

The head of Germany’s antitrust authority has said he “very much” doubts that the EU’s Digital Markets Act will actually be self-enforcing, while noting that large technology companies are already trying to “circumvent” its provisions.
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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer | Germany, United Kingdom | 12 May 2022

Hold the Queen’s virtual horses: an opportunity to consider further the UK’s new rules for digital firms and their place in the wider reform jigsaw?

Following Tuesday’s Queen’s Speech, it appears that both the broader reforms to the UK’s competition and consumer laws (see here) and the new regime…
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Lexology PRO | European Union, Germany, Ireland | 10 May 2022

German antitrust regulator overstepped by invoking GDPR, Meta tells ECJ

A Meta lawyer has told the European Court of Justice that Germany’s antitrust regulator had no jurisdiction to issue a GDPR-based finding that the company abused its dominant position on the social media market by collecting and processing data without consent.
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