Unilateral Conduct

FAS official calls big data a “new oil”

FAS official calls big data a “new oil”

09 July 2019

A senior official at Russia’s antitrust watchdog has likened “big data” to oil and suggested that all market participants should have equal access to it.

South African enforcer loses predatory pricing appeal

South African enforcer loses predatory pricing appeal

08 July 2019

In a split judgment, South Africa’s competition authority has lost an appeal before the country’s constitutional court, in a decision which grappled with the question of how to prove predatory pricing.

Danish enforcer yields to transport ministry in airport abuse probe

Danish enforcer yields to transport ministry in airport abuse probe

08 July 2019

Denmark’s competition authority has closed a decade-long dispute over whether Copenhagen Airport was required to grant a rival terminal operator access, as the Danish government determined current aviation regulation did not warrant amending.

DG Comp official previews vertical block exemption concerns

DG Comp official previews vertical block exemption concerns

03 July 2019

E-commerce has changed the game for businesses’ vertical relationships, and the current vertical block exemption regulation does not fit those more complex relationships, Thomas Kramler has said.

France uses Coty to fine Bikeurope for de facto online sales ban

France uses Coty to fine Bikeurope for de facto online sales ban

02 July 2019

France’s Competition Authority has found that a bicycle manufacturer’s requirement to force its suppliers to hand-deliver bicycles constitutes an illegal online sales ban.

Interim measures help to keep antitrust relevant, says DG Comp official

Interim measures help to keep antitrust relevant, says DG Comp official

01 July 2019

The timing of an intervention such as the interim remedies proposed for Broadcom can make enforcement more effective, a senior official at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition has said.

India probes Google’s Android leveraging

India probes Google’s Android leveraging

01 July 2019

India’s competition authority has provisionally found that Google abused its dominance in the licensable smartphone operating market, leading the enforcer to open a full-scale probe into the company.

South African authority clamps down on exclusivity abuse

South African authority clamps down on exclusivity abuse

28 June 2019

South Africa’s Competition Tribunal has fined the country’s largest supplier of vehicular licence plate materials €1 million for bundling practices and imposing exclusivity requirements on its customers.

Court overturns abuse fine on Dutch railway

Court overturns abuse fine on Dutch railway

27 June 2019

A court in the Netherlands has annulled the national competition authority’s largest-ever abuse of dominance fine, because the enforcer had not shown that the penalised rail operator was dominant nor that its conduct would reinforce that dominance.

EU seeks interim measures in Broadcom exclusivity probe

EU seeks interim measures in Broadcom exclusivity probe

26 June 2019

The European Commission is investigating “as a matter of priority” whether Broadcom is abusing its dominance in the market for TV and modem chipsets by imposing exclusivity requirements on its customers.