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Hans-Peter Kröger Warning letter in the mailbox? There is only one thing to do: Stay calm - and do not sign the cease-and-desist declaration immediately. Because wein.plus members receive fast and free expert help.

The "Law for the Protection of Fair Competition", which was passed in September 2020, was supposed to curb the warning system. However, the first experiences of Hans-Peter Kröger, a lawyer and wine trader specialized in online and competition law, have been different: "For me, the law, which is right in its approach, has unfortunately been strongly watered down in the course of the adoption procedure. Also the object values reduced in it, which could make a legal dispute more favorable for those affected, have hardly been considered so far." Therefore, the warning associations continue to write letters which annoy unsuspecting online wine traders - and which can also be quite expensive for them. However, formal violations are warned in them, which have been known for many years. Therefore, Kröger recommends online traders: "At the beginning of the year, the terms used in the shop, the GTC, the revocation policy, the associated form, the GTC and all other points of attack should be checked."