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    • 23/04/2019
    • Newsletters

    VBB on Belgian Business Law, Volume 2019, No. 03

    The March 2019 issue of our Belgian Business Law newsletter reporting on the latest developments in a range of areas, including competition, data protection, intellectual property and labour law. Please click below to read the issue.

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    • 09/04/2019
    • Newsletters

    VBB on Competition Law, Volume 2019, No. 03

    The March 2019 issue of our newsletter, VBB on Competition Law, which covers major developments in competition law at both the European Union and Member State levels.  Click below to view and download the issue.

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    • 18/03/2019
    • Newsletters

    VBB on Belgian Business Law, Volume 2019, No. 02

    The February 2019 issue of our Belgian Business Law newsletter reporting on the latest developments in a range of areas, including competition, data protection, intellectual property and labour law. Please click below to read the issue.

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    • 01/03/2019
    • Newsletters

    VBB on Competition Law, Volume 2019, No. 02

    The February 2019 issue of our newsletter, VBB on Competition Law, which covers major developments in competition law at both the European Union and Member State levels.  Click below to view and download the issue.

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    • 19/02/2019
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    VBB on Belgian Business Law, Volume 2019, No. 01

    The January 2019 issue of our Belgian Business Law newsletter reporting on the latest developments in a range of areas, including competition, data protection, intellectual property and labour law. Please click below to read the issue.

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    • 22/01/2019
    • Newsletters

    VBB on Competition Law, Volume 2019, No. 01

    The January 2019 issue of our newsletter, VBB on Competition Law, which covers major developments in competition law at both the European Union and Member State levels.  Click below to view and download the issue.

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    • 26/12/2018
    • Newsletters

    VBB on Competition Law, Volume 2018, No. 12

    The December 2018 issue of our newsletter, VBB on Competition Law, which covers major developments in competition law at both the European Union and Member State levels.

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    • 21/12/2018
    • Newsletters

    VBB on Belgian Business Law, Volume 2018, No. 11

    The November 2018 issue of our Belgian Business Law newsletter reporting on the latest developments in a range of areas, including competition, data protection, intellectual property and labour law. Please click below to read the issue.

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    • 21/12/2018
    • Articles

    German Federal Cartel Office publishes paper on competition restraints in online sales

    In October 2018, the German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) published its fourth paper in the series “Competition and Consumer Protection in the Digital Economy”. The paper assesses the legal status of online sales restrictions subsequent to the judgment of the ECJ in Coty (see VBB on Competition Law, Volume 2017, No. 12) and the judgment of the German Federal Court of Justice in Asics (see VBB on Competition Law, Volume 2018, No. 1). Overall, the FCO appears to favour a considerably narrower reading of the Coty judgment than the European Commission (as reflected in the Commission’s Competition policy brief of April 2018), and leaves open the possibility that market place bans might be considered as hardcore restrictions under the Vertical Agreements Block Exemption Regulation (“VABER”) taking into account specific market circumstances in Germany. The paper also expresses concerns over the development of “hybrid platforms”, and the risk that this might lead to the exclusion of independent dealers, a concentration of the market and a restriction of consumer choice.

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