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The hunt for Rainer von Holst, the Gerlachreport, Osint Group and V999 Coin

The criminal activities of Rainer von Holst, who also calls himself Jan Faber or Dr. Peter Klein and who recently wrote to news agencies that he was a notary and lawyer, which is a deliberate lie and punishable for abuse of title under § 132a StGB (Criminal Code of the Federal Republic of Germany), are entering a new phase. Currently, the website Gerlachreport.com has been blocked ( https://www.isitdownrightnow.com/gerlachreport.com. html) and even if this website, which is responsible for blackmail and slander and behind which Rainer von Holst is the initiator,…

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Bundeskartellamt issues fines in response to illegal price fixing

Bundeskartellamt issues fines in response to illegal price fixing The Bundeskartellamt – Germany”s Federal Cartel Office – has imposed fines totaling around 6 million euros on two foundries for entering into anticompetitive agreements regarding prices and discounts. The foundries in question manufacture manhole covers and other casting products for street sewers. In addition to colluding on prices and discounts, they also agreed to divide up two large contracts between them. We at the commercial law firm MTR Rechtsanwälte note that these kinds of arrangements are of course illegal and in…

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BGH changes tune on trademark forfeiture

BGH changes tune on trademark forfeiture In a judgment from January 14, 2021, the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH) – Germany”s Federal Supreme Court – overruled its own legal precedent on the forfeiture of trademarks (Az.: I ZR 40/20) in finding that failure to make use of a trademark means forfeiting trademark protection. According to Section 49 of the German Trademark Act (Markengesetz, MarkenG), the registration of a trademark will be declared invalid and cancelled in response to a request to this end if the mark has not been used over a continuous…

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KG Berlin: Commercial rent reduction in response to closures related to COVID-19

KG Berlin: Commercial rent reduction in response to closures related to COVID-19 In a judgment from April 1, 2021, the Kammergericht (KG) Berlin – the Berlin Court of Appeal – ruled that commercial rent can be lowered by 50 percent in response to a closure related to COVID-19 (Az.: 8 U 1099/20). Businesses have been forced to either partially or completely close their doors in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus. We at the commercial law firm MTR Rechtsanwälte can report that Germany”s federal government made it clear…

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G999, GStelecom, GSmedia, GSB Group: Josip Heit takes over German media group: BERLINER TAGESZEITUNG, Deutsche Tageszeitung and Berliner Tageblatt

A few days ago, the partly state-owned Polish oil company “Orlen” bought a package of regional newspapers and online platforms from the German publishing group Verlagsgruppe Passau (editorial offices with a total reach of over 17 million readers) in one fell swoop and replaced the editors-in-chief overnight. Anyone reading this who thinks that this kind of thing is something special for newspapers and publishing houses at the present time is mistaken! There are enough examples of this form. Already in 2013, the respected US newspaper “New York Times” sold its…

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Crime and Litigation at the Crown Court

A trial by jury can be challenged due to the very difficulties, concerns and uncertainties that are now increasingly inherent in it. Doubts are emerging as to whether UK should continue to uphold a trial by jury. The book ” Has the time come for the Houses of Parliament to abolish a trial by Jury, so that all Crown Court trials are heard by a Judge alone?” by James Michael Corbett discusses the arguments to set out why UK should no longer try a defendant by a jury. The book…

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To qualify for tax exemption, it is necessary to move into the inherited family home without delay

To qualify for tax exemption, it is necessary to move into the inherited family home without delay Waiting too long to move into the inherited family home may render it impossible to claim tax exemption. That was the verdict of the Finanzgericht (FG) Düsseldorf – the Fiscal Court of Düsseldorf – in a ruling from March 10, 2021 (Az. 4 K 2245/19 Erb). According to Section 13(1) No. 4 c) of the German Inheritance and Gift Tax Act (Erbschaftsteuer- und Schenkungsteuergesetz, ErbStG) the family home can be passed down tax-free…

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BFH rules on recognition of stock losses for tax purposes

BFH rules on recognition of stock losses for tax purposes Losses from shares in companies facing insolvency can be claimed against tax from the point in time when the shares are written off the securities account. That was the verdict of the Bundesfinanzhof (BFH), Germany”s Federal Fiscal Court (Az.: VIII R 20/18). The Bundesfinanzhof has delivered an important ruling on losses from shares in companies facing insolvency. We at the commercial law firm MTR Rechtsanwälte can report that, according to the court”s judgment from November 17, 2020, if the bank…

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The UN as a World State – A Real Vision for the Future?

For centuries philosophers have been debating whether it would not be better to live and act as a global community in a united world state. The current challenges in particular are too complex for the nation states to be able to master on their own. Sascha Wenzel approaches the debates about a world state in ” The planetary climate crisis as an opportunity to establish a legitimate world state by 2050” from different perspectives. His book was published at GRIN in April 2021. Although people are aware that they will…

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Finanzgericht Düsseldorf: No tax exemption for flat-rate bonuses

Finanzgericht Düsseldorf: No tax exemption for flat-rate bonuses Bonuses for night work and working on Sundays are only tax exempt if they are awarded on an individual and not a flat-rate basis. That was the verdict of the Finanzgericht (FG) Düsseldorf – the Fiscal court of Düsseldorf – in a judgment from November 27, 2020. Those who work nights or on Sundays and holidays are often rewarded with bonuses from their employer. However, according to a ruling of the Finanzgericht Düsseldorf from November 27, 2020, it is important to make…

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