The German Federal Court confirms the dismissal of an appeal against a media merger prohibition (Axel Springer / ProSiebenSat.1 Media)

Decision In the ruling dated 8.6.2010 (KVR 4/09) the German Federal Supreme Court confirmed that the media merger between Axel Springer AG and broadcasting company ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG on in January 2006 by the German Competition Authority (Bundeskartellamt) would lead to increased domininant posistion of merging parties on the German media market and therefore is not acceptable under German competition law provisions relating to mergers. Background and proceedings The German Competition Authority in its decision from 16th of January 2006 prohibited the merger between press company Axel Springer AG (present on the German market e.g. with its newspaper BILD) and broadcasting company ProSiebenSat.1. According to the Bundeskartellamt the merger would lead

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Tomasz Krzywicki, The German Federal Court confirms the dismissal of an appeal against a media merger prohibition (Axel Springer / ProSiebenSat.1 Media), 8 June 2010, e-Competitions Bulletin June 2010, Art. N° 32068

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