Unilateral Conduct

US closes probe of mobile network operators for eSIM standard

US closes probe of mobile network operators for eSIM standard

27 November 2019

The US Department of Justice has issued a business review letter that criticises past standard-setting procedures by a trade association for mobile network operators, but says the agency does not intend to take action against the group or its members.

Spain charges Merck with pharma abuse

Spain charges Merck with pharma abuse

22 November 2019

Spain’s competition enforcer has accused Merck’s Spanish and EU businesses of anticompetitively hindering the entry of generic hormonal contraceptives.

Google could face more interim measures in France

Google could face more interim measures in France

22 November 2019

France’s competition enforcer is investigating requests for interim measures that claim Google abused its dominance by refusing to pay publishers for displaying content in search results.

KFTC launches tech task force

KFTC launches tech task force

20 November 2019

Korea’s competition watchdog has launched a 15-member task force with three divisions to investigate online platforms, mobile services and intellectual property rights.

German amendments will “modernise abuse control”, says Mundt

German amendments will “modernise abuse control”, says Mundt

19 November 2019

Amendments to Germany’s competition law will “modernise” abuse of dominance enforcement, particularly against big digital platforms, the president of Germany’s competition authority said.

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.