Unilateral Conduct

Huawei tells UK Supreme Court that ruling is incoherent and confusing

Huawei tells UK Supreme Court that ruling is incoherent and confusing

21 October 2019

A UK court’s belief that it can set global royalty rates for a patent licence is “madness”, Huawei has claimed.

French court reprimands Polynesian enforcer over bias

French court reprimands Polynesian enforcer over bias

18 October 2019

A Paris court has suspended the first antitrust fine ever issued by French Polynesia’s Competition Authority, over concerns the enforcer’s president interfered in the investigation that led to the penalty.

Macron calls for new Google probe

Macron calls for new Google probe

17 October 2019

France’s president has asked national and EU competition enforcers to investigate Google for skirting a new regulation that grants heightened protection to online news publishers.

EU hits Broadcom with rare interim measures

EU hits Broadcom with rare interim measures

16 October 2019

The European Commission has used interim measures for the first time in almost two decades, ordering Broadcom to stop imposing exclusivity and quasi-exclusivity requirements on purchasers of its chipsets.

Celebrity antitrust: The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 11 October 2019

10 October 2019

To help fend off claims in Indonesia that it engaged in discriminatory conduct, popular ride-hailing company Grab has retained the services of a lawyer named Hotman Paris Hutapea. He has acted in some of the country’s highest-profile cases, and his LinkedIn page lists international finance, bankruptcy, administrative and criminal law as his areas of expertise. With 4.1 million Instagram followers, he may be the first social media celebrity to defend an antitrust case. At times accused of unscrupulous practices in a corrupt Indonesian legal world, Hutapea was quoted in the New York Times in 2010 as saying: “If I say I’m a clean lawyer, I’ll be a hypocrite, that’s all I can say. And if other lawyers say they are clean, they will go to jail, they’ll go to hell.”

Apple and emissions probes draw EU parliament queries

Apple and emissions probes draw EU parliament queries

07 October 2019

Two members of the European Parliament have separately asked the European Commission to provide updates on its antitrust investigations into Apple and alleged collusion in emission technology.

UK court allows CMA to amend Pfizer/Flynn appeal

UK court allows CMA to amend Pfizer/Flynn appeal

04 October 2019

A UK appeal court has granted permission for the Competition and Markets Authority to amend its grounds of appeal in the Pfizer/Flynn excessive pricing case, saying the United Brands test needs to be addressed.

Malaysia proposes fining Grab €18.9 million for abuse

Malaysia proposes fining Grab €18.9 million for abuse

03 October 2019

Malaysia’s competition watchdog has found Grab abused its dominance by imposing restrictions on drivers preventing them from promoting rivals in the e-hailing and transit media advertising markets.

Philippines reaches first settlement in an abuse of dominance case

Philippines reaches first settlement in an abuse of dominance case

02 October 2019

A Philippine housing developer has agreed to stop forcing tenants to use its in-house internet service provider and accepted a fine for its abusive conduct, the country’s competition watchdog has said.

Companies need more guidance on digital economy, Dutch enforcer says

Companies need more guidance on digital economy, Dutch enforcer says

01 October 2019

The head of the Netherlands’ antitrust enforcer has called for competition authorities to give more guidance to companies in the digital economy.