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Court Authorizes Online Connection Agency for Train Users

[Berlin, GERMANY] Yesterday the Frankfurt district court dismissed the action of the Deutsche Bahn AG against an online connection agency for people traveling by train. Judge Bernhard Seyderhelm ruled that the special deal offered by Kartenfuchs.de, which joins train users together and gives them access to cheaper group rates, does not pose a threat to competition. The Deutsche Bahn had tried to prohibit the platform through a temporary injunction.

Sven Koschik, the operator of Kartenfuchs, said that since August of this year, he has brought together 29 groups and registered a total of 3000 interested individuals. However, the Deutsche Bahn's lawyer, Christian Schreyer, argued that special train deals are directed at groups with some sort of social connection, such as families or members of companies. He said that this connection agency leads to the formation of artificial groups, and that the online offer could lead to a rise in group rates or a restriction on group rates to family members only.