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Press releases and law firm thought leadership

This page is dedicated to keeping readers informed of the latest news and thought leadership articles from law firms across the globe.

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European Commission fines electronics manufacturers for e-commerce price manipulation

January 2019 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by GRP Rainer LLP.

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The European Commission has imposed fines in separate rulings on four electronics manufacturers totaling 111 million euros in response to violations of EU competition law.

Legality of advertising with statements on the effects of medical treatments

January 2019 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by GRP Rainer LLP.

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Advertisements featuring statements on the effects of medical treatments are only permissible if they are supported by sound scientific evidence. This was reaffirmed by the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Frankfurt, the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt.

ECJ – Distinctive character necessary for registration as EU trade mark

January 2019 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by GRP Rainer LLP.

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For a sign to be capable of being registered as an EU trade mark, it must be distinctive across the entire European Union. This was confirmed by the Court of Justice of European Union (ECJ) in a ruling from 25 July 2018.

BAG – Employers can claw back bonus payments

January 2019 - Employment . Legal Developments by GRP Rainer LLP.

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The Bundesarbeitsgericht (BAG), Germany’s Federal Labour Court, confirmed in a recent ruling that employers can claw back collectively agreed bonus payments from employees under certain circumstances.

M&A – Tighter rules for foreign investors entering German market

January 2019 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by GRP Rainer LLP.

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While corporate mergers and acquisitions boomed in 2018, investors from outside of the EU will now have a more difficult time joining or acquiring German businesses.

Illegal price-fixing in the stainless steel sector – Bundeskartellamt imposes fines

January 2019 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by GRP Rainer LLP.

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The Bundeskartellamt, Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, has imposed fines totaling approx. 205 million euros on several companies and their responsible directors and officers in the stainless steel sector in response to illegal price-fixing arrangements.

OLG Frankfurt – Selective prohibition on sale of luxury items online allowed

January 2019 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by GRP Rainer LLP.

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A supplier of luxury perfumes is allowed to prohibit its distribution partners from promoting and selling its products online via third party platforms. That was the verdict of the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Frankfurt, the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt.

FG Baden-Württemberg on a municipality’s input tax deductions

January 2019 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by GRP Rainer LLP.

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In a ruling from 18 October 2018, the Finanzgericht (FG) Baden-Württemberg, the Fiscal Court of Baden-Württemberg, held that whether a municipality is operating as a commercial entity and entitled to deduct input tax depends entirely on the type of activity and the particular circumstances of a given case (Az.: 1 K 1458/18). We at the commercial law firm GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte can report that the lawsuit was filed by a climatic spa.

Antitrust violations – BGH bolsters the rights of aggrieved parties

January 2019 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by GRP Rainer LLP.

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In a ruling from 12 June 2018, the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany’s Federal Supreme Court, has facilitated the enforcement of damages claims in response to violations of antitrust law with respect to the statute of limitations for claims (Az.: KZR 56/16).

GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Report on authorized dealer’s entitlement to compensation

December 2018 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by GRP Rainer LLP.

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Under certain circumstances, an authorized dealer may be entitled to claim compensation after termination of the contract with the company if the latter continues to be able to use its business contacts.

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