In this e-learning module you will learn everything about liability issues in the areas of competition and antitrust law. Violations happen quickly!

You learn:
  • Fair/unfair competition: What are the liability risks?
  • Main features, definitions and examples of unfair competition
  • Overview of associations, agreements and price agreements
  • Abuse of a dominant position
  • Overview Antitrust Law
  • Behaviour to avoid unintentional collusion

Violations of competition law have happened quickly

Many creative marketing ideas can backfire, or constitute a violation of the DSGVO. All forms of illicit or misleading advertising, consumer deception, missing labels, inferior ingredients or false information about the country of origin will also be punished. Therefore, make your company fit its employees in all important areas of competition compliance.

Cartel formation and restriction of free competition

It is important to deal with the issue of competition compliance so that agreements within an industry association, for example, are not entered into that are interpreted by their customers (or a court) as foreclosure of the market or as price agreements. Important focal points of this e-learning are therefore competition law and antitrust law. Those who hold a dominant market position also run the risk of hindering competition.

Appropriate measures

The "Competition Compliance" module describes the concrete structural, process-specific and personal compliance measures and behaviors for employees that effectively prevent violations and liability in the area of competition compliance.

„Wettbewerber und Verbraucherschützer reagieren immer drastischer auf Formen des unfairen Wettbewerbs. Die Zahl der Gerichtsverfahren steigt stetig an, auch, weil Wettbewerber sich gegenseitig auf die Einhaltung des fairen Wettbewerbs hin verklagen. Jedes Unternehmen sollte daher die Wettbewerbscompliance bspw. in den Bereichen Kartellrecht, Marktmissbrauch, Werbung, Produktdeklaration oder der Kundenansprache berücksichtigen, um unlautere Handlungen zu vermeiden, denn Fehler sind hier schnell passiert.“
Dr. Bernhard Bachmann

Technical Information

FormatHTML5 & SCORM 1.2
Available inIn your LMS or in our Online Academy
LanguageEnglish, German
Course Duration35 Min
DeviceDesktop, Tablet, Smartphone
Number of Course Chapters8 Chapters


Who observes my company?

Assume that increasingly critical and litigious consumers, consumer protection associations and your competitors are observing your company and, in the event of violations, are either filing a complaint or appointing one of the notorious warning lawyers to your company. Many such attorneys also have a business model: they look for violations to find one of your competitors to admonish them with this kind of friendly support. The new forms of sample declaratory relief reinforce this trend and make competition and product compliance an important issue.

How great is the risk of liability?

In order to go to court, it is sufficient if you only call a private customer without having obtained his consent beforehand. This is a violation of both data protection and fair trading law. Private consumers are increasingly taking drastic action against unauthorised advertising. All forms of illicit or misleading advertising, consumer deception, lack of labelling, inferior ingredients or false information about the country of origin are also punished as violations of the law. Violations of the "black list" of unfair competition have happened quickly and are always punished.

What are the consequences of corruption?

Corruption distorts competition and can lead to high liability and compensation costs. The reputation of affected companies is also severely threatened. In countries with high levels of corruption, the economy and society stagnate. Corruption regularly has a negative impact on the environment and often leads to embezzlement, fraud or a lower quality of products and services. In the case of tender fraud (corruption in tender procedures), companies can be excluded from further participation in tenders. In public sector procurement procedures this is usually the case for a longer period. Missing or inadequate compliance processes for effective prevention and prevention of corruption regularly lead to liability and higher fines. Companies competing in third countries can sue your company if they suspect corruption, even if they are not active in the competitor's home market, due to the increasingly stringent international regulations. You can therefore find yourself very quickly and abruptly in legal proceedings, the costs of which can be considerable, especially in international trade. Effective anti-corruption measures are therefore also essential for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Der faire Wettbewerb für alle bildet den Grundpfeiler einer gesunden Marktwirtschaft: Er beflügelt Innovation und Unternehmergeist und fördert eine positive Preisbildung und Ressourcenallokation. Wer durch unlautere Methoden den Wettbewerb verzerrt, verstößt dabei nicht nur gegen die guten Sitten, sondern auch gegen geltendes Recht. Machen Sie Entscheidungsträger auf die Bedeutung des Wettbewerbsrechts aufmerksam!

Dr. Bernhard Bachmann, Kursautor