State press releases - 107 news release online.

Insolvency: BGH bolsters creditors" rights

Good news for creditors of an insolvent business partner: In its ruling of June 22, 2017, the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany’s Federal Supreme Court, has bolstered their rights when contesting a debtor’s transactions in insolvency proceedings (Az.: IX ZR 111/14).

by Michael Rainer (18 days ago)
Animal shelter effectively designated as heir in will

It is not possible for animals to inherit, but the same does not hold true for animal shelters. That being said, a clearly drafted will needs to be prepared for this to happen.

by Michael Rainer (few months ago!)
Submit a voluntary declaration leading to immunity for tax evasion while you still can

A voluntary declaration leading to immunity for tax evasion needs to be tailored to the exact circumstances of a given case. Only then can voluntary declaration actually lead to immunity.

by Michael Rainer (few months ago!)
GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte: Assessing claims to a compulsory portion

If close relatives of a testator are excluded from inheriting in a will or contract of inheritance, they are still entitled to their share of the statutory compulsory portion.

by Michael Rainer (few months ago!)
Dismissal with immediate effect for competing business activity valid

If an employee acquires a major stake in a rival firm, his employer can issue him with a notice of dismissal with immediate effect.

by Michael Rainer (few months ago!)
GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte: Experience in enforcing claims following trademark violations

If a registered trademark is infringed, it is possible to take action against this. GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte is experienced in enforcing and fending off claims arising from trademark violations.

by Michael Rainer (few months ago!)
Wills in the case of unmarried couples

The Bundestag, Germany’s lower house of parliament, has voted in favour of what it is referred to in Germany as “Ehe für alle” (marriage for all), i.e. marriage equality. Spouses are automatically accounted for under the rules of intestate succession. However, this is not the case for unmarried couples. For these couples, the rules of intestate succession do not apply.

by Michael Rainer (few months ago!)
European Commission imposes fine on Google for antitrust violations

The European Commission has imposed a fine totalling 2.42 billion euros on the internet giant Google for violating antitrust law.

by Michael Rainer (few months ago!)
Dismissal with immediate effect after constantly working up working hours deficit

Flexible working hours are commonplace in many companies today. Notwithstanding this, employees must perform the work they owe to their employer pursuant to their employment contract, otherwise they may be faced with exceptional notice of dismissal.

by Michael Rainer (few months ago!)
Advertising for medicinal products must relate to approved fields of application

Advertising for medicinal products must relate to approved fields of application. Failing this, the advertising may violate competition law as well as Germany’s Heilmittelwerbegesetz (HWG) [Advertising of Medicinal Products Act].

by Michael Rainer (few months ago!)
LAG Düsseldorf: Dismissal with immediate effect valid in response to threat

Anyone who seriously threatens their employer or superior should expect to be dismissed with immediate effect. This was confirmed by a ruling of the Landesarbeitsgericht (LAG) Düsseldorf [Regional Labour Court of Düsseldorf] from June 8, 2017 (Az.: 11 Sa 823/16).

by Michael Rainer (few months ago!)
GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte: Assessing obligation to make social security payments in the case of managing directors

Whether a managing director is obliged to make social security contributions depends on various factors. GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte has carried out an assessment of the obligation to make social security payments.

by Michael Rainer (few months ago!)
BAG: Exceptional notice of dismissal effective if there is video evidence

Even covert video footage can potentially justify exceptional notice of dismissal. That was the verdict of the Bundesarbeitsgericht (BAG), Germany’s Federal Labour Court, in its judgment of September 22, 2016 (Az.: 2 AZR 848/15).

by Michael Rainer (few months ago!)
Competition law: Goods on display must feature total price on label

The final cost of goods on display needs to be readily apparent to customers. According to a recent ruling of the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Hamm [Higher Regional Court of Hamm], quoting only part of the price constitutes a violation of competition law.

by Michael Rainer (few months ago!)
Terminating employment relationship and prior formal warnings

Formal written warnings play an important role in the field of employment law, with one often being a prerequisite to the employer effectively terminating an employment relationship.

by Michael Rainer (few months ago!)
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