Unilateral Conduct

EU fines Google for past AdSense conduct

EU fines Google for past AdSense conduct

20 March 2019

The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion for anticompetitive clauses formerly in its AdSense contracts, while the company announced changes to its Android operating system to comply with a previous antitrust decision.

Japanese enforcer reverses Qualcomm decision

Japanese enforcer reverses Qualcomm decision

19 March 2019

Japan’s antitrust watchdog has revoked a cease-and-desist order against US chipmaker Qualcomm, nearly a decade after it found that the company failed to comply with an obligation to license its patents on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms.

Spotify’s “misleading rhetoric” does not show antitrust violation, Apple says

Spotify’s “misleading rhetoric” does not show antitrust violation, Apple says

18 March 2019

Apple has fought back against Spotify’s abuse of dominance complaint, claiming that the music streaming company simply “wants all the benefits of a free app without being free”.

Lithuania set to pay whistleblowers

Lithuania set to pay whistleblowers

18 March 2019

Lawmakers in Lithuania have approved new powers for the competition authority, which would allow it to financially reward whistleblowers, impose penalties for procedural breaches and demand structural remedies from companies that commit antitrust infringements.

Belgium looks to ease claims of antitrust abuse

Belgium looks to ease claims of antitrust abuse

15 March 2019

Companies operating in Belgium would be able to allege abuse of dominance based on the principle of economic dependence even if the accused company doesn’t hold a dominant market position, under legislation that the country’s parliament appears to be set to back next week.

CMA drops probe into Merck’s Remicade discounts

CMA drops probe into Merck’s Remicade discounts

14 March 2019

The UK’s antitrust enforcer has closed its abuse of dominance investigation into Merck Sharp & Dohme’s discount scheme, despite finding no “procompetitive rationale or efficiency justification” for the conduct.

Apple complaint indicates wider problem, Spotify boss says

Apple complaint indicates wider problem, Spotify boss says

14 March 2019

A day after filing an antitrust complaint against Apple with the European Commission, Spotify’s chief executive has warned that the traditional means of defining dominance may no longer be accurate and called for new principles governing platforms that also compete downstream.

Report calls for big changes to UK competition for big tech

Report calls for big changes to UK competition for big tech

13 March 2019

The UK’s competition regime should take a more “forward-looking” approach to address digital markets and adapt merger control to challenge deals that could cause harm, an expert panel report has said.

Turkey launches another Google abuse probe

Turkey launches another Google abuse probe

13 March 2019

Turkey’s competition authority is formally investigating Google for allegedly abusing its dominance in the global search engine market by favouring its own local search services in a way that excludes its competitors.

First standalone collective actions launched in UK

First standalone collective actions launched in UK

12 March 2019

Hausfeld has filed two standalone opt-out class actions against three UK train operators, which are accused of abusing their dominance in the London passenger rail market.