Unilateral Conduct

Spanish enforcer suffers another loss

Spanish enforcer suffers another loss

16 January 2019

Spain’s highest court has upheld a decision annulling €120 million in fines on Orange, Vodafone and Telefónica, marking the second major cancellation of a multimillion-euro antitrust sanction by the nation’s courts in less than a week.

Singapore secures commitments in refusal to deal investigation

Singapore secures commitments in refusal to deal investigation

11 January 2019

Two companies have promised Singapore’s antitrust watchdog that they will supply spare lift parts on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms to qualified purchasers who perform maintenance at public housing estates.

Romania fines Orange for abuse of dominance

Romania fines Orange for abuse of dominance

09 January 2019

Romania’s competition authority has fined telecoms giant Orange €13.9 million for restricting a commercial text message integrator’s access to its mobile network.

Google Ads probed in Turkey

Google Ads probed in Turkey

08 January 2019

Turkey’s competition authority is investigating whether Google used its online advertising software to manipulate search algorithms and hamper its competitors’ efforts in the online search market.

Brazilian enforcers want Petrobras divestments

Brazilian enforcers want Petrobras divestments

08 January 2019

Brazil’s competition authority has recommended that Petrobras sell four of its 13 Brazilian oil refineries, to lessen the state-controlled company’s control over the country’s fuel supply.

Netherlands investigates resale price maintenance

Netherlands investigates resale price maintenance

03 January 2019

The Netherlands’ competition authority says it is probing alleged resale price maintenance agreements between manufacturers and online sellers of consumer goods, after raiding several company offices last week.

E-commerce reform tackles platform dominance in India

E-commerce reform tackles platform dominance in India

03 January 2019

India’s government will prohibit foreign-owned e-commerce companies such as Amazon and Flipkart from using their online marketplaces to sell their own products.

Korea fines reinsurance company for abuse of dominance

Korea fines reinsurance company for abuse of dominance

20 December 2018

Korea’s antitrust watchdog has decided to fine the Korean Reinsurance Company 7.6 billion won (€5.93 million) for blocking the entry of new competitors and abusing its dominance in the market for domestic general aviation reinsurance since 1999.

Apple escapes Swiss payment probe

Apple escapes Swiss payment probe

20 December 2018

Switzerland’s competition authority has ended an investigation into Apple’s alleged abuse of dominance in the contactless payment sector, after the company said it will allow payment service TWINT to block Apple Pay from activating while customers are using the TWINT application.

EU fine in pipeline for Bulgarian gas incumbent

EU fine in pipeline for Bulgarian gas incumbent

17 December 2018

The European Commission has fined Bulgaria’s state-owned gas supplier €77 million for restricting access to the country’s gas infrastructure network.