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Hengeler Mueller secures merger clearance in the paper wholesale market

After more than seven months of examination the German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) has given clearance for the intended acquisition of OptiGroup AB's German paper distribution business bundled in Papyrus Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG by Inapa – Investimentos, Participações e GestĂŁo, S.A.  With its subsidiary Papier Union GmbH Inapa is also active in the domestic paper wholesale business.  The merger, which had been notified in November 2018, has been cleared by the Bundeskartellamt after several extensions of the examination period without any conditions or obligations.

Unfair advertising – No price comparison without price quotations

Price comparisons featuring tariffs both with and without price quotations are considered to be a form of unlawful comparative advertising and in breach of competition law. That was the verdict of the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Köln, the Higher Regional Court of Cologne.

BGH – Giving away pharmacy vouchers when filling prescriptions violates competition law

Pharmacies are not allowed to give their customers small gifts when filling their prescription. The Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany’s Federal Supreme Court, has ruled that this is in breach of resale price maintenance regulations for medicinal products.

Violation of GDPR cannot give rise to formal warning under competition law

A violation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) cannot give rise to a formal warning as provided for under competition law for violations of Germany’s Unfair Competition Act (UWG). That was the verdict of the LG (Regional Court of) Stuttgart.

Antitrust law – Narrow best price clauses for online hotel bookings are permissible

On June 4, 2019, the 1st Cartel Panel of the OLG Düsseldorf ruled that narrow best price clauses for online hotel bookings are permissible (Az.: VI – Kart 2/16 (V).

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