The Hanseatic Higher Regional Court of Bremen decides on the interpretation of the provision in German competition law concerning essential facilities (Hafa)

On 3 May 2007, the German Hanseatic Higher Regional Court of Bremen issued a decision on several questions concerning denial of access to essential facilities. The case concerned the question whether the operator of an exhibition centre was a dominant undertaking in charge of an infrastructure facility and, if so, whether it was abusing its dominant position by refusing access to the exhibition centre and by organising a comparable consumer fair itself [1] . Facts Since 1970, the plaintiff had organised the Hafa, an annual regional consumer fair in the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen attracting around 70,000 people. From 1995, the Hafa had regularly taken place in September. The defendant was the operator of the AWD Dome, Bremen's exhibition centre. The owner and sole

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Petra Linsmeier, Moritz Lichtenegger, The Hanseatic Higher Regional Court of Bremen decides on the interpretation of the provision in German competition law concerning essential facilities (Hafa), 3 May 2007, e-Competitions May 2007, Art. N° 21237

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