The Karlsruhe Higher Regional Court rules on key issues of private damages actions against hardcore cartels, decides on the indirect customer’s right to claim and addresses the challenging task of quantifying antitrust damages (Carbonless paper cartel)

Introduction Private enforcement in hardcore-cartels cases is getting in motion. In Germany, within less than one year two actions for damages against participants in hardcore-cartels were successful. After the decision of the Berlin Higher Regional Court in the “Berliner Transportbeton”-case (judgment of 1 October 2009, case 2 U 10/03 Kart, WuW/E DE-R 2773) [1], the Karlsruhe Higher Regional Court has now awarded antitrust damages as well. Background of the judgment A printing company had purchased carbonless paper from a wholesaler. The latter was a subsidiary of one of the participants in the “carbonless paper cartel” [2] and had purchased the carbonless paper from its parent. The printing company consequently alleged to have suffered damages from inflated cartel prices. The printing

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  • Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen
  • Gleiss Lutz (Stuttgart)

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Stefan Thomas, Christoph Stock, The Karlsruhe Higher Regional Court rules on key issues of private damages actions against hardcore cartels, decides on the indirect customer’s right to claim and addresses the challenging task of quantifying antitrust damages (Carbonless paper cartel), 11 June 2010, e-Competitions Bulletin Economic assessment of damages, Art. N° 32898

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