Unilateral Conduct

CMA wins against online sales ban

CMA wins against online sales ban

21 January 2020

A UK appellate court has confirmed that a ban on authorised dealers’ online sales is a by-object infringement, and backed a ruling from the Competition Appeal Tribunal that distinguished the case from the Coty ruling.

France: Non-notifiable deals cannot be abusive

France: Non-notifiable deals cannot be abusive

17 January 2020

France’s Competition Authority has decided that a dominant company’s acquisition of a rival cannot constitute an abuse of dominance in the absence of additional anticompetitive behaviour.

India probes Amazon and Flipkart

India probes Amazon and Flipkart

14 January 2020

India’s competition watchdog has ordered its investigative arm to probe allegations that Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart engaged in exclusive arrangements, deep-discounting and preferential treatment on their platforms.

Royal Mail denied appeal against abuse fine

Royal Mail denied appeal against abuse fine

13 January 2020

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has refused to grant Royal Mail permission to appeal against its decision upholding a £50 million abuse of dominance fine.

Android choice screen auction “isn’t right”, rivals claim

Android choice screen auction “isn’t right”, rivals claim

10 January 2020

Google has announced which search engines will appear for Android users to choose when setting up devices in the EU, but the company’s decision to auction off spots on its “choice screen” has sparked ire from rival search providers.

Swatch wants to call time on Swiss interim measures

Swatch wants to call time on Swiss interim measures

09 January 2020

Swatch has offered to limit the number of watch parts it supplies in Switzerland, in hopes of resolving a long-running abuse of dominance dispute with the country’s competition authority.

Kenyan brewer accused of bottle abuse

Kenyan brewer accused of bottle abuse

08 January 2020

Kenya’s largest brewers are battling over the use of glass bottles, with one accusing its rival of anticompetitively embossing bottles with a logo to prevent competing brands from using them.

Russia launches Booking.com probe

Russia launches Booking.com probe

03 January 2020

Russia’s antitrust watchdog has opened a formal investigation into Booking.com’s use of most favoured nation clauses, after the website failed to remove them.

Philips fined for FRAND abuse in Turkey

Philips fined for FRAND abuse in Turkey

03 January 2020

Turkey’s Competition Authority has found that Philips failed to license technology for television subtitles to its rivals on a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory basis.

Coca-Cola distributor fined for “broad and significant” vertical restraints

Coca-Cola distributor fined for “broad and significant” vertical restraints

02 January 2020

Israel’s Antitrust Authority has fined Coca-Cola’s distribution centre more than €10 million for imposing restrictions on downstream retailers and for violating merger commitments.