Unilateral Conduct

UK rail operator’s exclusivity rule is abusive, CAT rules

UK rail operator’s exclusivity rule is abusive, CAT rules

19 July 2019

The national rail operator’s requirement that all its suppliers use a mandated quality assurance scheme is anticompetitive, the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has held, rendering the rule immediately void and unenforceable.

EU hits Qualcomm with predatory pricing fine

EU hits Qualcomm with predatory pricing fine

18 July 2019

Qualcomm will appeal against a €242 million penalty for allegedly selling its 3G baseband chipsets below cost to force a rival out of the market, in the European Commission’s first predatory pricing fine in 16 years.

Amazon amends seller rules globally to resolve German and Austrian probes

Amazon amends seller rules globally to resolve German and Austrian probes

17 July 2019

Amazon is changing its terms and conditions to improve access to its online marketplace, after enforcers in Germany and Austria found it may be imposing abusive and discriminatory conditions on retailers that sell on Marketplace.

EU enforcer formalises Amazon data probe

EU enforcer formalises Amazon data probe

17 July 2019

The European Commission’s preliminary investigation into how Amazon uses Marketplace sellers’ data has become a formal probe of whether the company is abusing its dual role as platform operator and retailer.

JFTC to clamp down on consumer data use

JFTC to clamp down on consumer data use

17 July 2019

Japan’s antitrust watchdog is reportedly preparing guidance that says the use of consumer data without consent will constitute an abuse of a dominant position under the country’s antitrust law.

Ofcom counsel: Royal Mail decision is well-founded and uncontroversial

Ofcom counsel: Royal Mail decision is well-founded and uncontroversial

16 July 2019

Actual events that occurred in the UK’s postal market prove that Ofcom’s analysis of Royal Mail’s discriminatory conduct was correct, the communications regulator’s counsel has claimed.

Ofcom used wrong test to penalise non-existent conduct, Royal Mail counsel claims

Ofcom used wrong test to penalise non-existent conduct, Royal Mail counsel claims

15 July 2019

Royal Mail’s €50 million fine for abuse of dominance should be overturned because Ofcom penalised it for price increases that it never actually implemented, the company’s counsel has argued.

SAMR issues abuse fine to public water utility

SAMR issues abuse fine to public water utility

15 July 2019

China’s antitrust watchdog has penalised the state-owned water supplier in the city of Tianjin for abusing its dominance by forcing real estate developers to use a designated company when constructing certain secondary water supply facilities.

EU fines Sanrio for territorial vertical restraints

EU fines Sanrio for territorial vertical restraints

09 July 2019

The European Commission has fined Hello Kitty’s owner €6.2 million for restricting cross-border sales of its branded products.

FAS official calls big data a “new oil”

FAS official calls big data a “new oil”

09 July 2019

A senior official at Russia’s antitrust watchdog has likened “big data” to oil and suggested that all market participants should have equal access to it.