Anlässlich der jüngsten Presseberichterstattung über mögliche Kartellvorwürfe gegen deutsche Autohersteller war unsere Partnerin Anna Blume Huttenlauch zu Gast bei der Deutschen Welle, um über den schmalen Grat zwischen zulässigen Kooperationen zwischen Wettbewerbern und illegalen Kartellabsprachen sowie über die möglichen Bußen und andere Haftungsrisiken für Kartellmitglieder zu sprechen.

Link zum Interview auf deutsch
Link zur gesamten Sendung auf deutsch

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Over the last two weeks a number of important events for the antitrust community took place. Competition officials from across Europe shared some interesting insights and outlooks on 2017 which we would like to pass on to you in order to alert you to some developments to expect.

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Dr. Roland M. Stein und Dr. Anna Blume Huttenlauch referierten auf der Veranstaltung “Kartellrecht, Vergaberecht und Compliance” über das Thema “Vergabe- und kartellrechtliche Compliance: Praktische Fallstricke”. Die Tagung wurde vom forum vergabe e.V. organisiert und fand am 12. Oktober 2016 in Berlin statt.

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Artikel von Dr. Anna Blume Huttenlauch zum Verfahren des Bundeskartellamts gegen Facebook in Competition Policy International veröffentlicht (15. August 2016)

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The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has presented its long awaited proposal for the draft legislation implementing the European Commission’s damages directive (the Directive) into German law (link). The draft legislation (the Proposal) is part of a wider reform of the German Act against Restraints of Competition (ARC), which addresses the following aspects:

  1. Implementation of the Directive
  2. Closing the so-called “sausage gap”
  3. Dealing with certain challenges brought about by digital transformation.

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What can be inferred for the Facebook investigation from the report on competition and data co-published by the Bundeskartellamt?

The investigation of the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) against Facebook because of suspicions that Facebook may have abused a possibly dominant position has prompted a considerable echo, not only among antitrust lawyers. The FCO is currently investigating (i) whether Facebook may have a dominant position in the market for social networks and (ii) whether it may have abused such position with its specific terms of service on the use of user data.

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