The Munich Regional Court issues two preliminary injunctions regarding a cooperation agreement that has the effect of restricting competition on the market for health portals (Google / German Ministry of Health)

On 20 January 2021, the Regional Court of Munich I (the “Court”) issued two preliminary injunctions against Google Ireland Ltd. (“Google”) and the Federal Republic of Germany, represented by the German Federal Ministry of Health (“the Ministry”), at the request of health platform NetDoktor.de (“NetDoktor”). According to the preliminary injunctions, (i) Google will be prohibited from displaying healthcare information from the Ministry’s website in so-called “knowledge panels” if such display is based on an agreement between Google and the Ministry to exclusively show the Ministry’s content in the knowledge panels; and (ii) the Ministry will be prohibited from supplying the relevant information to Google, and from allowing the use of this information in knowledge panels exclusively reserved for the

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Laura Lehoczky-Deckers, Andreas Reindl, Katharina Bongs, The Munich Regional Court issues two preliminary injunctions regarding a cooperation agreement that has the effect of restricting competition on the market for health portals (Google / German Ministry of Health), 10 February 2021, e-Competitions February 2021, Art. N° 99588

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