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Feb
11

Antitrust violation – Fines for steel producers

Antitrust violation – Fines for steel producers Germany“s Bundeskartellamt has fined three steel producers and three people in positions of responsibility to the tune of some 646 million euros for illegal price rigging https://www.mtrlegal.com/en/. Price rigging hampers competition and is contrary to antitrust law, which is why the Bundeskartellamt has imposed fines totaling around 646 … Weiterlesen »

Jan
30

GDPR violation – Telecom provider facing severe penalty

GDPR violation – Telecom provider facing severe penalty Inadequate data protection measures can prove costly. Following a recent case involving a real estate business, a telecom provider is the latest business facing a heavy fine. The GDPR came into force in May 2018. While fears of a wave of warning notices were never realized, the … Weiterlesen »

Jan
21

ECJ – Balsamico not a protected designation

ECJ – Balsamico not a protected designation Balsamic vinegar can also come from Germany. According to a judgment of the ECJ from December 4, 2019, „balsamico“ is not a protected term (Az. C-432/18). We at the commercial law firm MTR Rechtsanwälte note that geographical designations of origin are eligible for protection because consumers associate them … Weiterlesen »

Dez
30

NRW buys tax CD – Voluntary disclosure of tax evasion possible

NRW buys tax CD – Voluntary disclosure of tax evasion possible The German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) once again purchased a tax CD at the end of November. The storage medium in question is supposed to contain information on tax evasion. It is still possible to submit a voluntary declaration for tax evasion. Following … Weiterlesen »

Dez
27

OLG Rostock: Unlawful advertising of fruit nectar as fruit juice

OLG Rostock: Unlawful advertising of fruit nectar as fruit juice Fruit nectar is not the same as fruit juice and therefore must not be promoted as such. The OLG Rostock has ruled that this kind of advertising is misleading and in breach of competition law. We at MTR Rechtsanwälte https://www.mtrlegal.com/en.html note that information about the … Weiterlesen »

Dez
16

OLG Naumburg deems GDPR violation an antitrust infringement

OLG Naumburg deems GDPR violation an antitrust infringement The OLG Naumburg ruled in judgments from November 7, 2019 that a violation of the General Data Protection Regulation may also constitute an antitrust infringement (Az.: 9 U 6/19 and 9 U 39/18). Whether a GDPR violation can also constitute an antitrust infringement is significant, as competitors … Weiterlesen »

Dez
02

OLG Stuttgart affirms protection of collective trademarks featuring designations of origin

OLG Stuttgart affirms protection of collective trademarks featuring designations of origin While it is not possible to completely shut out other market participants from indications of origin, a trademark“s reputation must not be unduly exploited according to the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Stuttgart, the Higher Regional Court of Stuttgart. Trademark protection is an important issue for a … Weiterlesen »

Nov
25

LG Essen: Unlawful advertising statements promoting e-cigarettes

LG Essen: Unlawful advertising statements promoting e-cigarettes Liquids for e-cigarettes must not be promoted using the slogan „Genuss ohne Reue“ (enjoyment without regrets). That was the verdict of the Landgericht (LG) Essen, the Regional Court of Essen, in a ruling from October 25, 2019 (Az.: 41 O 13/19). Consumers must not be misled by health … Weiterlesen »

Nov
21

GDPR violation – Record 14.5 million euro fine imposed

GDPR violation – Record 14.5 million euro fine imposed GDPR violations can prove expensive, something which one real estate firm recently had to learn the hard way when it received a fine to the tune of 14.5 million euros. The EU General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR for short – is supposed to afford better … Weiterlesen »

Nov
18

OLG Hamm: Advertising must include all information that is material to consumers

OLG Hamm: Advertising must include all information that is material to consumers Consumers must not be deprived of information material to their decision whether or not to make a purchase. This constitutes a breach of competition law, as demonstrated by a ruling of the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Hamm, the Higher Regional Court of Hamm. In order … Weiterlesen »

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