German Competition Law Newsletter

Below are links to German Competition Law Newsletters that Cleary publishes bi-monthly.


May – June


German Federal Court Of Justice Provisionally Finds Facebook’s Data Collection Practices Abusive

  • On June 23, 2020, the Federal Court of Justice (“FCJ”) overturned the Düsseldorf Court of Appeals’ (“DCA”) interim decision and rejected Facebook Inc.’s (“Facebook”) request to suspend the enforceability of the Federal Cartel Office’s (“FCO”) prohibition decision. The FCJ disagreed with the FCO’s determination of an abuse based on a violation of data protection law, but instead examined Facebook’s data usage exclusively under competition law.

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  • FCO Clears Acquisition Of Vossloh Locomotives By CRRC Zhuzou Locomotives

    On April 27, 2020, after an in-depth review, the FCO cleared the acquisition of Vossloh Locomotives GmbH Kiel (“Vossloh”) by CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotives Co., Ltd. (“CRRC”). German shunter manufacturer Vossloh is the market leader in Europe with a market share of 40 to 50 percent. CRRC is a state-owned Chinese company and the world’s largest manufacturer of rolling stock, selling its products predominantly in China.

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  • No Prima Facie Evidence For Causal Harm In Information Exchange Cases
    On May 12, 2020, the Frankfurt am Main Court of Appeals found drugstore chain Anton Schlecker e.K. i.I.’s (“Schlecker”) insolvency estate was not entitled to cartel follow-on damages. In the Court of Appeals’ view, Arndt Geiwitz, Schlecker’s insolvency receiver acting on behalf of the estate, did not prove the estate incurred damages as a result of the cartel’s information exchange.

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  • DCA Closed Cartel Proceeding Against Alleged Member Of The LPG Cartel

    On May 7, 2020, the DCA closed the proceedings against Propan Rheingas GmbH & Co KG (“RG”), an alleged member of the liquefied petroleum gas (“LPG”) cartel, thereby ending an almost 15-year saga.
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  • FCJ Confirms That German Model T&Cs For Online Banking Were Anticompetitive

    On April 7, 2020, the FCJ confirmed a FCO decision finding some of the German Banking Industry Committee’s (Deutsche Kreditwirtschaft, “GBIC”) model T&Cs for online banking to be anticompetitive.

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Please click here to read the complete Newsletter.

February – April

November 2019 - January 2020


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