Unilateral Conduct

Company kicked off Google platform ordered to pay costs

Company kicked off Google platform ordered to pay costs

23 May 2019

Unlockd has been ordered to pay Google £200,000 in legal costs after withdrawing an abuse of dominance lawsuit, despite the Australian start-up’s claim that Google’s conduct led to the “destruction” of its business.

Taiwanese government watchdog challenges Qualcomm settlement

Taiwanese government watchdog challenges Qualcomm settlement

22 May 2019

Taiwan’s chief government watchdog has proposed a corrective measure to a settlement between the country’s antitrust enforcer and US chipmaker Qualcomm, finding the deal was improper and lacked sufficient transparency.

US FTC wins monopolisation claim against Qualcomm

US FTC wins monopolisation claim against Qualcomm

22 May 2019

A California federal judge has found that Qualcomm violated US antitrust law and ordered the company to cease anticompetitive practices in its supply of modem chips.

Huawei rejects IEEE policy for some ethernet patents

Huawei rejects IEEE policy for some ethernet patents

20 May 2019

Mobile device maker Huawei has said it does not plan to comply with a 2015 policy set by an international standard-setting organisation relating to the licensing of some of its patented ethernet technology.

Italy launches first Android Auto probe

Italy launches first Android Auto probe

17 May 2019

Italy’s Competition Authority is investigating Google for allegedly abusing its dominance by refusing to integrate a smartphone app that locates electric car charging stations into its Android Auto interface.

Mundt: break up the market power of data

Mundt: break up the market power of data

14 May 2019

The Facebook case brought by Germany’s Federal Cartel Office is a first step to break up market power in the digital economy with a quasi-structural remedy for data, the head of the agency has said.

AB InBev settles for €200 million fine in EU import probe

AB InBev settles for €200 million fine in EU import probe

13 May 2019

Europe’s antitrust enforcer has fined the world’s biggest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, €200 million for illegally restricting cheaper imports of its Jupiler beer brand from entering Belgium.

Facebook data abuse a GDPR issue, Vestager says

Facebook data abuse a GDPR issue, Vestager says

13 May 2019

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has implied she will not pursue Facebook for alleged data abuse, saying the bloc’s data protection legislation is designed to address such a matter.

Apple braced for EU probe

Apple braced for EU probe

07 May 2019

The European Commission is reportedly preparing to investigate Apple’s dual role as an application store and competing app developer, prompted by a complaint from music streaming service Spotify.

US DOJ seeks hearing in Qualcomm case

US DOJ seeks hearing in Qualcomm case

03 May 2019

The US Department of Justice has warned about the impact on 5G technology from any remedies imposed on Qualcomm in the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust lawsuit, and requested a court hearing on any proposed court order.