The German Federal Court of Justice limits judicial review of merger clearances subject to commitments (EDEKA / Plus)

FEDERAL COURT OF JUSTICE LIMITS JUDICIAL REVIEW OF MERGER CLEARANCES SUBJECT TO COMMITMENTS IN GERMANY (EDEKA/Plus)* On October 5, 2010, the Federal Court of Justice upheld the Düsseldorf Court of Appeals’ rejection of an appeal against the conditions of a merger clearance decision brought by the merging parties (EDEKA/Plus, KVR 33/09). The Court of Appeals considered the action as inadmissible, because the parties had already implemented the merger and thus lacked the specific interest for declaratory judgment that the conditions had been illegal. The decision further limits access to judicial review in merger cases in Germany, and reflects that the German courts still follow a very formalistic approach. Food retailers Edeka and Tengelmann had intended to pool their German food

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  • Heinz & Zagrosek (Köln)

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Silke Heinz, The German Federal Court of Justice limits judicial review of merger clearances subject to commitments (EDEKA / Plus), 5 octobre 2010, e-Competitions October 2010, Art. N° 35225

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