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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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GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte: Criteria for assessing whether GmbH managing directors are subject to man

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

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According to a decision of the Bundessozialgericht, Germany’s federal court of appeals for social security matters, GmbH managing directors are ordinarily deemed to be employees of the company and hence subject to mandatory social security contributions.

GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Experience in trade mark protection

December 2018 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by GRP Rainer LLP.

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Plagiarism and counterfeit products cause immense economic damage within the European Union. This makes it all the more important for businesses to take consistent measures to protect their trade marks.

The transition from UG to GmbH does not establish a new company

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

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The costs associated with transitioning from an Unternehmergesellschaft (UG), a form of German private limited liability company also referred to colloquially as a “Mini-GmbH”, to a full GmbH cannot be passed on to the GmbH. The Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Celle, Celle’s Higher Regional Court, ruled that the transition in no way represents the establishment of a new company.

D&O insurance policies need not cover illegal payments made following onset of insolvency

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

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It is not necessary for a D&O insurance policy to cover payments made by the insured managing director after the onset of insolvency. That was the verdict of the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) DĂĽsseldorf, the Higher Regional Court of DĂĽsseldorf.

Managing director liable despite settlement clause in termination agreement

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

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A managing director may be liable towards the company despite a settlement clause in the termination agreement. That was the verdict of the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) MĂĽnchen, the Higher Regional Court of Munich.

OLG Köln: Unfair advertising due to false statements about discount promotion

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

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Caution is in order if someone is offering discounts on “fast alles”, i.e. “almost everything”. Advertising featuring a discount promotion that excludes large sections of the product range from the discount is misleading and unfair. That was the verdict of the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Köln, the Higher Regional Court of Cologne.

BGH: Beer cannot be promoted as “bekömmlich”

November 2018 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by GRP Rainer LLP.

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Beer cannot be promoted as “bekömmlich”, i.e.  “wholesome” or “agreeable” (in terms of its digestibility). That was the verdict of the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany’s Federal Supreme Court, in a ruling from 17 May 2018 (Az.: I ZR 252/16). This description was said to be in violation of the Health Claims Regulation.

EGC: A word mark consisting of two letters can be registered as an EU trade mark

November 2018 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by GRP Rainer LLP.

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It is possible even for a word mark consisting solely of two letters to be registered as an EU trade mark. This was confirmed by the EGC in rulings from 24 April 2018 (Az.: T-207/17 and T-208/17).

Reclaiming advances on commission payments requires transparent presentation

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

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A company demanding that advances on commission payments be repaid by the commercial agent needs to be able to provide detailed reasoning in support of this action as well as present a complete calculation for the recovery of the sums in question.

OLG DĂĽsseldorf imposes large fine in response to vertical price fixing

November 2018 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by GRP Rainer LLP.

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The Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Düsseldorf, the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf, has imposed a fine of 30 million euros on a drugstore chain and in doing so significantly increased the fine set by the Bundeskartellamt, Germany’s Federal Cartel Office.

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