Unilateral Conduct

Portugal’s first antitrust class action moves forward

Portugal’s first antitrust class action moves forward

16 September 2019

A Portuguese court has given consumers 30 days to opt out of the country’s first ever antitrust class action, against Sport TV.

Vestager: regulation may be needed to stop data abuses

Vestager: regulation may be needed to stop data abuses

13 September 2019

The EU’s competition commissioner and new head of digital policy has said “broader rules” may be needed to make sure technology companies do not misuse the data they hold.

France may apply excessive pricing law to non-price conditions

France may apply excessive pricing law to non-price conditions

12 September 2019

The head of France’s Competition Authority has suggested that European law prohibiting excessive prices could be used to enforce against exploitative terms and conditions by digital platforms.

Amazon penalised for structural imbalance in Marketplace

Amazon penalised for structural imbalance in Marketplace

05 September 2019

A French court has fined Amazon €4 million for including unfair and unbalanced terms in its contracts with sellers, and given the company six months to amend them or face daily fines.

JFTC issues draft guidance on platform abuse of consumer data

JFTC issues draft guidance on platform abuse of consumer data

30 August 2019

Digital platforms have a superior bargaining position over consumers if the use of their services requires that consumers provide their data and accept any negative consequences, Japan’s antitrust watchdog has said.

Dolby changes tune following EU pressure

Dolby changes tune following EU pressure

28 August 2019

Dolby Laboratories has withdrawn a policy that prohibited its audio customers from using rivals’ surround-sound technology, resolving a European Commission investigation.

Facebook data decision struck down by German court

Facebook data decision struck down by German court

27 August 2019

A German court has suspended the Federal Cartel Office’s decision against Facebook due to serious doubts about its legality, but the authority plans to appeal to the country’s top court.

Mexico fines airport operator for taxi permit abuse

Mexico fines airport operator for taxi permit abuse

23 August 2019

Mexico’s antitrust watchdog has fined Cancun Airport €3.3 million for refusing to issue permits to taxi drivers, resulting in the inflation of millions of taxi fares.

EU sets sights on Facebook’s Libra

EU sets sights on Facebook’s Libra

21 August 2019

The European Commission is reportedly scrutinising Facebook’s cryptocurrency Libra for anticompetitive conduct before it has even launched, in a review that one commentator has called a “clash of technological elites against political ones”.

German court overturns €30 million Rossmann fine

German court overturns €30 million Rossmann fine

16 August 2019

A German court has overturned a €30 million resale price maintenance fine on drugstore chain Rossmann because an appeal court’s written judgment was filed out of time.