The Munich Regional Court bans the preferential display within a search engine of information exclusively drawn from a state-run health portal (Google / German Ministry of Health)

On February 10th, 2021, the antitrust chamber of the German Regional Court of Munich granted two summary judgments in favor of the health portal NetDoktor, banning the preferential display within Google search results pages of boxes with information exclusively drawn from a state-run health portal. [1] The judgments are a milestone in setting antitrust boundaries for online intermediaries, but also in protecting media plurality and a free press. This article outlines the Court’s reasoning and its relevance for comparable cases relating to digital gatekeepers. Facts of the Case The judgments concern the legitimacy of a cooperation between Google and the Federal Republic of Germany regarding the preferential display within general search results pages of content published by a health

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Thomas Höppner, The Munich Regional Court bans the preferential display within a search engine of information exclusively drawn from a state-run health portal (Google / German Ministry of Health), 10 February 2021, e-Competitions Exchange of information in associations of undertakings, Art. N° 100162

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