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Mai
20

BFH – Rate of inheritance tax applies to total amount

BFH – Rate of inheritance tax applies to total amount In the case of inheritance tax, the taxable amount is not split up and subject to differential tax rates. That was the verdict of the BFH, Germany“s Federal Fiscal Court, in ruling from February 20, 2019 (Az.: II B 83/18). When it comes to inheritance … Weiterlesen »

Mai
17

Antitrust violations – European Commission imposes fines on automotive suppliers

Antitrust violations – European Commission imposes fines on automotive suppliers The European Commission has imposed fines totaling 368 million euros on two automotive suppliers for violations of antitrust law. The EU competition watchdog imposed the fines in response to illegal arrangements that the cartelists had entered into concerning the supply of safety belts, airbags and … Weiterlesen »

Mai
14

OLG Frankfurt – Misleading advertising featuring superlatives

OLG Frankfurt – Misleading advertising featuring superlatives Take care when using superlatives in advertising. A ruling by the OLG Frankfurt, the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt, from February 14, 2019 demonstrates their potential to easily mislead, as well as violate competition law (Az. 6 U 3/18). We at GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte note that adverts featuring … Weiterlesen »

Mai
08

Changes to trademark law – Markenrechtmodernisierungsgesetz comes into effect

Changes to trademark law – Markenrechtmodernisierungsgesetz comes into effect The Markenrechtmodernisierungsgesetz (MaMog), i.e. the Trademark Law Modernization Act, entered into effect in Germany on January 14, 2019, introducing a number of changes to trademark law. The MaMog brings German trademark law into line with the EU Directive. We at the commercial law firm GRP Rainer … Weiterlesen »

Mai
07

BGH – Breach of copyright in the case of photographs of works of art

BGH – Breach of copyright in the case of photographs of works of art According to a ruling of the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany“s Federal Supreme Court, even if works of art are no longer protected by copyright, taking pictures and publishing photos of them may be in breach of copyright. 70 years following an artist“s … Weiterlesen »

Mai
06

Resale price maintenance – Bundeskartellamt imposes fine

Resale price maintenance – Bundeskartellamt imposes fine The Bundeskartellamt, Germany“s Federal Cartel Office, has imposed a total fine of around 13.4 million euros on a bicycle wholesaler for entering into resale price maintenance arrangements with 47 retailers. Resale price maintenance entails the producer requiring its customers to sell the goods at a fixed price or … Weiterlesen »

Mai
03

Bundeskartellamt imposes fine due to unlawful supply association

Bundeskartellamt imposes fine due to unlawful supply association The Bundeskartellamt, Germany“s Federal Cartel Office, has imposed a fine of around 1.4 million euros on an asphalt manufacturer for entering into illegal arrangements in connection with supply associations. According to an announcement by the Bundeskartellamt, it has imposed a fine of around 1.4 million euros on … Weiterlesen »

Apr
30

GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Report on extraordinary termination of a commercial agency agreement

GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Report on extraordinary termination of a commercial agency agreement Either party to a commercial agency agreement can give the other extraordinary notice of termination for good cause. One important example of good cause is where there is a breakdown in the relationship of trust. As in the case of other agreements, … Weiterlesen »

Apr
25

GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Assessment of suitable arrangements for business succession

GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Assessment of suitable arrangements for business succession A lot of small and medium-sized businesses are or will soon be faced with the issue of business succession. However, searching for a suitable successor can prove challenging in many cases. According to a study conducted by the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), the German … Weiterlesen »

Apr
24

GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Experience dealing with claims relating to D&O insurance

GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Experience dealing with claims relating to D&O insurance In recent times, public pressure has continued to mount on managers in cases involving claims arising from damage or loss. Governing bodies and executives can insure themselves against the risk of liability by taking out a D&O insurance policy. Managers, boards of directors, … Weiterlesen »

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