The German Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf decides that a company may abuse its dominant position by concluding rental agreements, thereby preventing market access of competitors (Schilderpräger)

On 12 December 2008, the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf issued a decision concerning a rental agreement between a district and a manufacturer of car number plates [1]. The case concerned the question whether a company having a local monopoly on the manufacturing market for car number plates abuses its dominant position by concluding rental agreements, thereby preventing market access of competitors. Facts The plaintiff was a manufacturer of car number plates operating about 150 subsidiaries in Germany. The defendant was the district of Bad Salzuflen. On 14 April 2003, one of the subsidiaries of the plaintiff entered into a rental agreement with the

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Petra Linsmeier, Moritz Lichtenegger, The German Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf decides that a company may abuse its dominant position by concluding rental agreements, thereby preventing market access of competitors (Schilderpräger), 17 December 2008, e-Competitions Bulletin December 2008, Art. N° 26681

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