Unilateral Conduct

De Silva: ‘Big tech’ label may hinder enforcement

De Silva: ‘Big tech’ label may hinder enforcement

11 June 2020

Competition authorities must “embrace the complexity” of different digital markets if they are to properly devise new enforcement tools to tackle harm in the online economy, the president of France’s Competition Authority has said.

Polynesian authority president faces dismissal over bias claims

Polynesian authority president faces dismissal over bias claims

10 June 2020

A board member at French Polynesia’s Competition Authority is attempting to oust its president, days after a French court ruled that parties can challenge the enforcer’s impartiality in court.

Swiss enforcer agrees refusal to deal settlement

Swiss enforcer agrees refusal to deal settlement

05 June 2020

Switzerland’s Competition Commission has fined two city-owned gas providers €2.8 million and ordered them to open their distribution networks to rivals, in a settlement decision that one lawyer has called “precedent-setting”.

JFTC accepts commitments in contact lens probe

JFTC accepts commitments in contact lens probe

05 June 2020

Japan’s antitrust watchdog has ordered contact lens maker CooperVision to allow its retailers to advertise prices and sell its contacts online, following a probe into alleged retail price maintenance.

Austria alleges RPM in musical instrument market

Austria alleges RPM in musical instrument market

03 June 2020

Austria’s Federal Competition Authority has joined European enforcement efforts against resale price maintenance in the musical instrument sector, as it accused two unnamed companies of vertical price-fixing.

Apple faces another abuse complaint over tracking app

Apple faces another abuse complaint over tracking app

29 May 2020

Location tracking app developer Tile has complained to the European Commission that Apple unfairly favours its own equivalent application to the detriment of rivals, several months after the company raised similar concerns in the US.

Austria’s top court throws out abuse claim against public broadcaster

Austria’s top court throws out abuse claim against public broadcaster

29 May 2020

Austria’s Supreme Court of Justice has dismissed a standalone claim by pay-TV provider M7 accusing the national public broadcaster of charging excessive fees to decrypt its television broadcasts.

Market investigations would give EU a “powerful tool”, lawyers say

Market investigations would give EU a “powerful tool”, lawyers say

28 May 2020

Lawyers have said potential new market investigation powers would significantly increase the European Commission’s enforcement capabilities, as the agency confirmed it will propose an “ex ante competition tool” at the end of this year.

Korea poised to penalise Delivery Hero

Korea poised to penalise Delivery Hero

27 May 2020

Korea’s competition watchdog is reportedly preparing to issue a decision against German food delivery platform Delivery Hero for preventing restaurants from offering discounts to customers who place direct orders.

Court of Appeal sends Mastercard limitation debate back to CAT

Court of Appeal sends Mastercard limitation debate back to CAT

22 May 2020

A UK appeals court has agreed with Mastercard that Dixons filed its damages suit against the credit card company too late to claim for pre-1997 losses, but said the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal must determine at trial if the retailer is exempt from limitation rules.