On June 8, 2017, the new competition law reform in Germany (9th amendment to the Act Against Restraints of Competition) has finally come into force. It includes several novelties, such as in the area of private damages (implementation of the EU directive and disclosure of evidence), merger control (new threshold based on the transactional size), the notion of market definition and market power in the area of digital platforms, closing the liability gap regarding fines in the case of legal succession (so called “sausage gap”), new limited powers for the FCO in the area of consumer protection, etc. Silke Heinz explained the most important changes in a blog on Kluwer Competition Law Blog, to which we refer again here.
- New publication: Knott/Zagrosek, The Company as Perpetrator – Compliance and M&A under the Planned German Corporate Criminal Sanctions Code (November 19, 2019).
- Amazon EU antitrust proceedings
- German Supreme Court quashed Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf’s judgement that had sextupled Rossmann’s Federal Cartel Office cartel fine
- Bundeskartellamt’s settlement with Amazon in abuse of dominance proceedings
- European Commission fines Sanrio €6.2 million for restricting cross-border sales of licensed Hello-Kitty-products in the EEA