Unilateral Conduct

CMA: Procompetitive aims can’t justify banning internet sales

CMA: Procompetitive aims can’t justify banning internet sales

07 November 2019

A manufacturer’s ban on retailers selling its goods online is a by-object restriction of competition that cannot be justified even by a legitimate procompetitive aim, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has argued.

Czech enforcer curbs RPM in children’s goods sector

Czech enforcer curbs RPM in children’s goods sector

05 November 2019

The Czech Republic’s competition enforcer has fined a German supplier of children’s goods €1.6 million for setting minimum prices at which retailers could resell its products.

Ukrainian enforcer probes government over airport fees

Ukrainian enforcer probes government over airport fees

05 November 2019

Ukraine’s competition authority is investigating whether a government ministry violated competition law by charging lower fees for landing at the country’s largest airport than at other airports.

India checks into two-sided booking platform and hotel chain

India checks into two-sided booking platform and hotel chain

30 October 2019

India’s competition watchdog is investigating allegations that MakeMyTrip abused its dominance and gave illegal preferential treatment to Oravel Stays.

Sanofi escapes €116 million damages claim in France

Sanofi escapes €116 million damages claim in France

30 October 2019

A French court has dismissed as time-barred a follow-on damages claim against Sanofi, as the claimant’s role in the competition authority’s investigation showed it knew about the drugmaker’s illegal conduct before an infringement decision was issued.

Altice relieved of French access commitments

Altice relieved of French access commitments

29 October 2019

France’s Competition Authority has lifted most of the behavioural commitments it imposed on Altice in 2014, although the telecommunications provider is still obligated to connect fibre-ready buildings to its joint network with Bouygues Telecom.

Rakuten will change behaviour in response to JFTC scrutiny

Rakuten will change behaviour in response to JFTC scrutiny

29 October 2019

Japan’s antitrust watchdog has accepted commitments to resolve its probe into an e-commerce platform’s contracts with accommodation providers.

CADE probes drugmaker for price hike

CADE probes drugmaker for price hike

28 October 2019

Brazil’s public prosecutor has complained against Gilead Sciences to the country’s competition enforcer, reportedly about the drugmaker raising the price of a hepatitis C medication by more than 1400%.

Where to draw the line? Exploring the bounds of CCI’s protective net

Where to draw the line? Exploring the bounds of CCI’s protective net

23 October 2019

While some contractual disputes ostensibly can be addressed by both Indian competition and consumer protection laws, Anisha Chand and Soham Banerjee identify the appropriate forum depending on the nature and scope of the dispute to ensure no overstepping of the legislative mandates.

High Court got FRAND wrong, Huawei claims

High Court got FRAND wrong, Huawei claims

22 October 2019

The terms of a licence set by an English court discriminated against Huawei because Unwired Planet licensed the same rights to rival phone maker Samsung at a lower rate, Huawei’s counsel has told the UK Supreme Court.