Joint Conduct

China mulls probe into WeChat Pay and Alipay

China mulls probe into WeChat Pay and Alipay

31 July 2020

China’s antitrust enforcer is reportedly preparing an investigation into the country’s most widely used mobile payment platforms, following a complaint by the central bank.

Sweden ends e-commerce probe with rare settlement

Sweden ends e-commerce probe with rare settlement

13 July 2020

The Swedish Competition Authority has fined two furniture retailers for allegedly sharing online pricing information, in the enforcer’s first known settlement of a probe examining unlawful information exchanges relating to online sales.

CMA fines musical instrument makers

CMA fines musical instrument makers

29 June 2020

The UK’s competition watchdog has fined two musical instrument suppliers and an online retailer a total of £5.75 million for resale price maintenance, using its findings to develop a new online price monitoring tool.

French retailers propose limiting joint purchasing alliance

French retailers propose limiting joint purchasing alliance

25 June 2020

Four major grocery retailers have offered to amend a joint purchasing agreement related to their own-label products, in hopes of resolving an investigation by France’s Competition Authority.

Italy raids movie industry associations

Italy raids movie industry associations

25 June 2020

Italy’s Competition Authority has raided the offices of three film and cinema associations as it considers interim measures to stop an alleged conspiracy restricting free movie screenings.

Visa and Mastercard lose interchange fee battle

Visa and Mastercard lose interchange fee battle

17 June 2020

The UK’s Supreme Court has confirmed that Visa and Mastercard’s interchange fees violated EU competition law, exposing both companies to more than €1 billion in potential damages claims.

EU launches twin Apple probes

EU launches twin Apple probes

16 June 2020

The European Commission has opened a pair of antitrust investigations into Apple, examining the rules and restrictions that the company imposes on users of its App Store and Apple Pay.

Swiss enforcer agrees refusal to deal settlement

Swiss enforcer agrees refusal to deal settlement

05 June 2020

Switzerland’s Competition Commission has fined two city-owned gas providers €2.8 million and ordered them to open their distribution networks to rivals, in a settlement decision that one lawyer has called “precedent-setting”.

Patent-related disclosure is not anticompetitive, UK court says

Patent-related disclosure is not anticompetitive, UK court says

03 June 2020

Complying with court-ordered disclosure in patent infringement proceedings does not violate competition law, even if companies share commercially sensitive information, the High Court of England and Wales has ruled.

Turkey launches sprawling coronavirus-related probe

Turkey launches sprawling coronavirus-related probe

11 May 2020

Nivea, Johnson & Johnson and Carrefour are among the 29 companies that Turkey’s Competition Authority is investigating for allegedly inflating prices during the covid-19 pandemic.