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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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Genesis Mining terminating unprofitable contracts

October 2018 - Finance . Legal Developments by GRP Rainer LLP.

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The price of Bitcoin has fallen sharply. This has put pressure on mining companies such as Genesis Mining, which is now seeking to terminate or upgrade contracts with its clients.

GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Assessment of shareholder’s right of access

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

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The shareholders of a GmbH have extensive rights of access and inspection which go beyond the general meeting and that enable them to inform themselves about what is happening within the business. These shareholder rights cannot be restricted in the articles of association. And yet, we at the commercial law firm GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte note that even shareholders’ requests for information are subject to limitations in exceptional circumstances.

GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte – Assessment of claims for damages in response to kickbacks

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

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Corruption, attempted bribery and kickbacks are all commonplace in commercial life. Aggrieved parties can assert claims on account of damage caused by acts contrary to public policy.

OLG München – Managing directors liable if they exceed the scope of their discretionary powers

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

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A managing director who culpably breaches his or her duties may be liable to pay damages to the company. This was confirmed by a ruling of the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) München, Munich’s Higher Regional Court.

ECJ on infringements of geographical indications

October 2018 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by GRP Rainer LLP.

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According to a ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) from 7 June 2018, an association with a protected indication is not by itself sufficient to infringe the registered geographical indication (Az.: C-44/17).

ECJ – Red shoe soles can be protected as trade marks

October 2018 - Intellectual Property. Legal Developments by GRP Rainer LLP.

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Red shoe soles can be protected as trade marks. That was the verdict of the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) in a ruling from 12 June 2018 (Az.: C-163/16). They do not fall within the ambit of the prohibition on registering shapes.

Bundeskartellamt imposes fines for illegal price-fixing agreements

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

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Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, the Bundeskartellamt, has imposed fines totaling 13.2 million euros on two packaging firms due to illegal price-fixing agreements. The companies had been supplying a commercial chain.

LAG Köln – Managing directors cannot claim protection against unfair dismissal

October 2018 - Employment . Legal Developments by GRP Rainer LLP.

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A managing director cannot claim protection against unfair dismissal if he or she is under no power of direction when working. In that case, he or she is not to be classified as an employee according to a ruling of the Landesarbeitsgericht (LAG) Köln, Cologne’s Regional Labour Court.

BGH – Advertising featuring health claims

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

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Health claims in relation to foods and foodstuffs are only permitted if they do not violate the Health Claims Regulation. This was reaffirmed by the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany’s Federal Supreme Court (Az.: I ZR 167/16).

BGH – Resale price maintenance is an unlawful restriction of competition

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

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Resale price maintenance restricts competition and therefore usually constitutes a violation of antitrust law. This was reaffirmed by the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany’s Federal Supreme Court, in a ruling from October 17, 2017 (Az.: KZR 59/16).

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