Unilateral Conduct

Switzerland fines database supplier for abuse of dominance

Switzerland fines database supplier for abuse of dominance

23 March 2017

Switzerland’s competition authority has fined a healthcare company CHF 4.5 million (€4.2 million) for abuse of dominance and tying practices.

France fines Engie €100 million

France fines Engie €100 million

22 March 2017

France’s competition watchdog has fined energy provider Engie €100 million after the company settled charges that it had abused its dominant market position in the gas and electricity supply sector.

Egypt charges ex-football president with criminal abuse of dominance

Egypt charges ex-football president with criminal abuse of dominance

17 March 2017

Egypt’s Prosecutor’s Office has charged the former president and the current secretary-general of the governing body of football in Africa in Cairo Economic Court this week for their roles in allegedly anti-competitive agreements with Lagardère Sports.

Apple halts Russian RPM practices

Apple halts Russian RPM practices

15 March 2017

Apple’s Russian subsidiary may face a nominal fine for forcing its retailers to sell iPhones at set prices, after Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Office said it breached competition laws.

Switzerland investigates tractor manufacturer

Switzerland investigates tractor manufacturer

15 March 2017

Switzerland’s competition enforcer is investigating tractor maker Bucher Landtechnik for anticompetitive agreements over the sale of tractor parts, in its first investigation into the country’s agricultural manufacturing sector.

Taiwan issues RPM fine

Taiwan issues RPM fine

14 March 2017

Taiwan’s competition enforcer last week fined a home appliance manufacturer for resale price maintenance under its rule-of-reason standard, after it found the company had restricted downstream distributor pricing.

Uber faces interim measure from Chilean taxi drivers

Uber faces interim measure from Chilean taxi drivers

14 March 2017

Fifty-eight taxi drivers have asked the tribunal of Chile’s competition enforcer to grant an interim measure forcing Uber to hand over sensitive documents, and have indicated they will seek US$23.7 million (€23 million) in fines for abuse of dominance.

DG Comp invites comments on Gazprom commitments

DG Comp invites comments on Gazprom commitments

13 March 2017

The European Commission today released commitments proposed by Russian energy company Gazprom concerning the commission’s abuse of dominance investigation in Central and Eastern Europe, and invited comments from all interested stakeholders.

Telecoms regulator demands América Móvil split

Telecoms regulator demands América Móvil split

10 March 2017

Mexico’s Federal Institute of Telecommunications confirmed yesterday that it has ordered América Móvil to separate the provision of wholesale fixed local-access telephone service from its retail subsidiaries Telmex and Telnor – a demand that the company has vowed to challenge.

Israel fines state-owned company and executives for abuse of dominance

Israel fines state-owned company and executives for abuse of dominance

08 March 2017

Israel’s competition enforcer has imposed a 13 million shekel (€3.3 million) fine on the Israel Electric Corporation and fined two of its executives for abuse of dominance in the electricity transmission and distribution market – marking the largest corporate and individual fines the enforcer has ever imposed.

Spain fines railway companies €75.6 million

Spain fines railway companies €75.6 million

06 March 2017

Spain’s competition authority has fined Renfe and Deutsche Bahn a total of €75.6 million for restrictions on competition and abuse of dominance in the rail freight market – penalties including the largest that this enforcer ever has imposed on a single company.

Turkey probes Google on competition concerns

Turkey probes Google on competition concerns

06 March 2017

Turkey’s Competition Authority will launch an investigation into suspected breaches of competition law by Google in the market for operating systems on mobile devices