16. February 2024

Girocard procedure: OPPENLÄNDER wins another victory for the DSGV

33 million euros in damages – this is what petrol station operator Jet is claiming from the German banking industry due to allegedly excessive merchant fees for Girocard payments (electronic cash). The Berlin Regional Court dismissed the claim because the merchant fees were not excessive, as Jet claimed. In addition, Jet demanded extensive access to files from discontinued administrative proceedings of the Federal Cartel Office in connection with the merchant fees, apparently hoping for chance discoveries. Jet relied on the Freedom of Information Act (IFG), i.e. the normal access to information for citizens. The Cologne Administrative Court wanted to grant access to the files. Following an appeal by the German Savings Banks and Giro Association (DSGV) and the Federal Cartel Office, the Higher Administrative Court of North Rhine-Westphalia has now ruled that access to files is not an option for cartel damages claimants under the IFG.

OPPENLÄNDER successfully represented the DSGV – Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband before the Regional Court of Berlin and the Higher Administrative Court of North Rhine-Westphalia under the leadership of antitrust law partners Dr Andreas Hahn and Dr Martin Fink and litigation partner Dr Matthias Lorenz.

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03. April 2024

Dr Raphael Höll is a new associated partner at OPPENLÄNDER

Dr Raphael Höll was appointed associate partner of OPPENLÄNDER as of 01.04.2024. Dr Raphael Höll has been working as a lawyer at OPPENLÄNDER since October 2020.

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14. March 2024

OPPENLÄNDER sets the course for the future

In future, two managing partners will take care of strategic issues and the management of internal administration. They will be advised by a three-member advisory board from among the partners. We congratulate Dr. Christian Gunßer and Dr. Florian Schmidt-Volkmar, who were unanimously elected as managing partners until the end of 2026.

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29. February 2024

OPPENLÄNDER obtains authorisation for long-term securing of raw materials

Prof Dr Christofer Lenz and Dr Jens Ritter have made it possible despite bureaucratic and legal hurdles and obtained a permit for a joint venture between two large gravel works that will secure the supply of raw materials in the long term.

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27. February 2024

OPPENLÄNDER represents religious community in constitutional complaint

A religious community has filed a constitutional complaint in order to obtain its own state treaty and appropriate financial support. Prof Dr Christofer Lenz and Dr Maximilian Stützel are representing the religious community.

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