24 February 2020 - Our partner Dr. Simon Spangler together with associate Dr. Anna-Gesine Zimmermann on the 'Platform to Business Regulation”
It is not that long ago that the German Federal Cartel Office [Bundeskartellamt, “BKA”] defeated Amazon Marketplace. Commercial traders can sell their goods directly to customers via the internet platform. However, the US enterprise frequently tightened the thumbscrews in this case, through the non-transparent blocking and termination of accounts, withheld or delayed payments and disproportionate liability rules. Under pressure from Germany's top competition authorities, the online marketplace finally had to change its terms and conditions.
Source: www.handelsblatt.com - 24th February 2020