Topic: Digital markets

China gears up for Google Android probe

China’s competition enforcer is reportedly preparing to launch an abuse of dominance investigation into Google and its Android operating system, based on a complaint lodged by device manufacturer Huawei.

01 October 2020

Korea set to regulate online platforms

Korea’s antitrust watchdog intends to double the fines it can impose on digital platforms for unfair trading practices as well as require tech companies to enter into written contracts with smaller businesses.

30 September 2020

Google Shopping remedy has failed, study claims

Less than one percent of traffic from Google's shopping search engine is directed to rival comparison websites, a study commissioned by Google’s competitors has found, three years after the European Commission ordered the tech company to treat its rivals equally.

29 September 2020

California judge zeroes in on Epic Games’ alleged market in Apple case

A federal judge on Monday criticised Epic Games’ alleged relevant market definition in its antitrust lawsuit against Apple and questioned whether the game developer’s case would be able to address the potential lack of competition for iPhone apps.

29 September 2020

Germany's Facebook ruling – A treasure trove of novel issues

On 23 June 2020, Germany’s Federal Court of Justice upheld the immediate enforcement of an order by the Federal Cartel Office against Facebook, prohibiting the company from collecting user data from other Facebook-owned services or third-parties and merging them with the users’ accounts on the social network without specific consent. Debevoise & Plimpton partner Thomas Schürrle and associate Andrea Pomana explore the court’s novel 55-page reasoning and its potential implications.

28 September 2020

Exclusive: An interview with John Penrose

The UK government announced on 14 September that John Penrose MP will lead a review of the country’s competition policy, as it prepares to leave the European Union and tackle the economic shock brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Penrose spoke to Emily Craig about updating the UK’s “analogue era” competition rules, whether the report will recommend changes to the consumer welfare standard and how to address the challenges of the digital economy.

25 September 2020

Don’t overstate the role of data, Facebook says

Facebook’s director of economic policy has played down the competitive advantage available to platforms that have access to large tranches of data, while warning against the effectiveness of data separation and data access remedies.

24 September 2020

Chile seeks first merger infringement fines under new regime

Chile’s antitrust enforcer has asked the country’s competition tribunal to fine the Walt Disney Company €3.5 million for providing false information during a probe into its acquisition of 21st Century Fox and for breaching the remedies that were imposed.

23 September 2020

DG Comp chief economist backs ex ante regulation of digital gatekeepers

Current competition rules alone are “not an effective way” to deal with possible anticompetitive conduct by digital companies, the chief economist at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition has said.

23 September 2020

Conner: Section 2 gives FTC better chance to block anticompetitive mergers

Relying on the Sherman Act’s anti-monopolisation rules as well as the traditional merger control laws can give the Federal Trade Commission a better chance to stop potentially anticompetitive deals, the director of the agency’s competition bureau has said.

23 September 2020

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