Unilateral Conduct

Canadian court gives preliminary approval to anti-steering settlements

Canadian court gives preliminary approval to anti-steering settlements

23 February 2018

A Quebec court has authorised merchants’ class action settlements with Visa, Mastercard and the National Bank of Canada for the companies’ allegedly anticompetitive rules barring retailers from steering customers to use other forms of payment.

Paris court orders Orange to pay €346 million

Paris court orders Orange to pay €346 million

22 February 2018

A French appeal court has ordered Orange to pay telecommunications provider Digicel €346 million in damages, after a trial court found Orange abused its dominance in the French West Indies and Guyana mobile telephone market.

Kovacic calls for transparency in FTC Google decision

Kovacic calls for transparency in FTC Google decision

22 February 2018

The US Federal Trade Commission’s failure to release the reasoning behind a closed investigation of Google is “highly frustrating”, former FTC chairman Bill Kovacic has said, while acknowledging that such a case would have been tough.

Advocate General urges ECJ to extend Intel to fine reviews

Advocate General urges ECJ to extend Intel to fine reviews

21 February 2018

European Court of Justice advocate general Melchior Wathelet has slammed the EU General Court’s failure to examine arguments about the effects of alleged exclusionary conduct by Orange Polska.

Spanish Supreme Court overturns margin squeeze decision

Spanish Supreme Court overturns margin squeeze decision

20 February 2018

Spain’s antitrust watchdog failed to prove the country’s incumbent postal service excluded competitors through allegedly illegal margin squeeze practices, the country’s highest court has ruled.

Singapore probes Uber deal

Singapore probes Uber deal

19 February 2018

Singapore’s antitrust watchdog today opened an in-depth review of a regional transport company’s buyout of an Uber business, following concerns the deal could be a merger-to-monopoly.

South Africa enforcer seeks excessive pricing fines

South Africa enforcer seeks excessive pricing fines

15 February 2018

South Africa’s antitrust enforcer has accused airline SA Airlink of using excessive and predatory pricing to exclude a rival from a regional air route.

China IP guidelines leave essential facility door open, academic says

China IP guidelines leave essential facility door open, academic says

14 February 2018

A Chinese antitrust expert has said the country’s new intellectual property guidelines will not classify standard-essential patents as single relevant markets, and will leave open the possibility of SEPs constituting essential facilities.

Spain settles sports broadcasting dispute

Spain settles sports broadcasting dispute

14 February 2018

Pay-TV distributor Mediapro has agreed to offer fixed-fee contracts to online streaming providers for access to its football channels in a commitment decision with Spain’s antitrust enforcer, following accusations it had illegally discriminated against the providers.

Swedish court throws out Net at Once standalone claim

Swedish court throws out Net at Once standalone claim

13 February 2018

Sweden’s Patents and Markets Court has dismissed telecommunications provider Net at Once’s standalone lawsuit against Göteborg Energi GothNet for alleged abuse of dominance, after finding the company failed to produce analysis on the alleged relevant market.