The Munich Regional Court grants an injunction regarding an internet search cooperation between the Government and a Big Tech company as it constitutes a restriction on competition (Google / German Ministry of Health)

The Munich Regional Court has granted an injunction based on Article 101 TFEU against an arrangement between Google and the German Ministry of Health [1]. The Ministry operates a national online platform (“Gesund.bund.de”) providing information on health, including a short description of common diseases, information on healthy eating and comparable information The main facts of the case Google and the Ministry announced at a joint press conference in November 2020 that gesund.bund.de would benefit from preferential treatment in respect of Google's "knowledge panels" going forward. These panels appear on Google’s search pages to provide a quick overview of medical topics. After the press conference, users that searched in Google's German domain for information on diseases were shown

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  • Herbert Smith Freehills (Dusseldorf)
  • Herbert Smith Freehills (Dusseldorf)
  • Herbert Smith Freehills (Brussels)
  • Herbert Smith Freehills (Brussels)

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Marcel Nuys, Florian Huerkamp, Daniel Vowden, Adrian Brown, The Munich Regional Court grants an injunction regarding an internet search cooperation between the Government and a Big Tech company as it constitutes a restriction on competition (Google / German Ministry of Health), 10 February 2021, e-Competitions July 2021 - II, Art. N° 101626

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