Unilateral Conduct

Israeli advertiser accuses Google of abuse

Israeli advertiser accuses Google of abuse

12 December 2017

A digital advertising company has complained to Israel’s Antitrust Authority that Google allegedly abuses its dominant position in the sale of advertising space by favouring its own ad service over rivals.

EU: skaters were illegally frozen out

EU: skaters were illegally frozen out

08 December 2017

The European Commission has decided that the International Skating Union broke competition law by banning athletes from its meets who had participated in unauthorised events.

India hits Monsanto for delays in abuse probe

India hits Monsanto for delays in abuse probe

07 December 2017

The Competition Commission of India has fined Monsanto 50 million rupees (€657,000) for failing to cooperate in an abuse of dominance probe, although the order is subject to the company’s court challenge to the enforcer’s right to investigate individuals.

Italy fines Unilever for ice cream rebates

Italy fines Unilever for ice cream rebates

07 December 2017

Unilever’s Italian subsidiary must pay €60.6 million for operating a broad illegal exclusionary strategy that included loyalty rebates, in the Italian antitrust agency’s first decision on this issue since the European Court of Justice’s Intel ruling.

Germany bars exclusivity clauses for online ticket seller

Germany bars exclusivity clauses for online ticket seller

05 December 2017

In its second decision against Germany’s largest ticketing system provider in two weeks, the Federal Cartel Office yesterday banned CTS Eventim from using exclusivity clauses in its contracts with event organisers and advance booking offices, due to abuse of dominance concerns.

Swedish court dismisses non-compete clause appeal

Swedish court dismisses non-compete clause appeal

05 December 2017

Sweden’s Patent and Market Court of Appeal has thrown out an appeal that had challenged a lower court’s refusal to fine three moving companies more than 41.8 million kroner (€4.44 million) for signing allegedly illegal non-compete clauses during mergers.

Appeal court upholds Toronto Real Estate Board judgment

Appeal court upholds Toronto Real Estate Board judgment

04 December 2017

A Canadian appeal court has backed the Competition Tribunal’s finding that the Toronto Real Estate Board illegally restricted access to its data, confirming the dismissal of arguments that data privacy considerations motivated the board’s conduct.

Germany closes World Cup tickets abuse probe

Germany closes World Cup tickets abuse probe

01 December 2017

Germany’s competition watchdog closed its abuse of dominance investigation into the German Football Federation (DFB), based on what the authority’s president called a “good compromise” in the federation’s proposals to change its requirements on fans purchasing World Cup football tickets.

DG Comp charges AB InBev with illegal import restrictions

DG Comp charges AB InBev with illegal import restrictions

01 December 2017

The European Commission has accused brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev of abusing its dominant position by removing Dutch- and French-language text from beer cans to make them harder to sell in Belgium.

Ofcom uses unprecedented emergency powers after CAT loss

29 November 2017

The UK’s telecommunications regulator has issued an amended version of business connectivity regulations, citing exceptional circumstances and an urgent need to act after a tribunal shot down its previous regulations.