Topic: Digital markets

German reforms usher in new era of antitrust enforcement

Lawmakers in Germany have passed far-reaching reforms to the nation’s competition laws, which give its antitrust enforcer sweeping new powers to challenge the behaviour of the major digital platforms. Janith Aranze and Emily Craig spoke to local competition lawyers about the significance and severity of the new law and how it will interact with proposed EU rules for regulating digital gatekeepers.

22 January 2021

Judge denies Parler’s injunction request to reinstate Amazon account

Amazon Web Services does not need to reinstate the web-hosting services it was providing to social media site Parler, a federal judge in Washington state has said.

22 January 2021

Epic Games seeks jurisdiction in Apple and Google dispute

The UK's Competition Appeal Tribunal should permit Epic Games to serve its claims against Apple and Google’s US-based entities because the developer has suffered “significant damage” in the UK due to their conduct, counsel to Epic has argued.

21 January 2021

New payment sector regulations proposed in China

China’s central bank has proposed new regulations to protect competition in the digital payments market as part of the country’s ongoing effort to rein in major homegrown technology companies.

21 January 2021

CMA turns focus to algorithms

The UK’s antitrust authority has launched a public consultation seeking evidence of how companies use algorithms to restrict competition, after publishing newly-released research on the topic.

20 January 2021

US urges Australia to drop pay-for-news law for Google and Facebook

The US government has urged Australia to axe a proposed mandatory bargaining code allowing news publishers – collectively if they choose – to negotiate with Google and Facebook to receive payment for their content.

20 January 2021

WhatsApp defends threat to remove covid-19 chatbot

Privacy concerns justify WhatsApp’s threat to ban a South African digital messaging service from using its platform to spread government-issued messages about the coronavirus pandemic, counsel to WhatsApp and Facebook has argued.

18 January 2021

SAMR keeps pressure on digital sector with Vipshop probe

China’s competition watchdog has launched an investigation into Tencent-backed e-commerce platform Vipshop “for suspected unfair competition”.

18 January 2021

Epic Games files new claims against Apple and Google in UK

Epic Games has asked the UK’s specialist competition tribunal to censure Apple and Google for removing its Fortnite game from their app stores, as part of a new claim that closely mirrors those it has already filed in the US and Australia.

15 January 2021

Google pushes through Fitbit deal without approval in Australia and US

Google has closed its US$2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit despite ongoing antitrust reviews in Australia and the US.

15 January 2021

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