Topic: Digital markets

UK enforcer urged to impose interim measures on Google

An alliance of technology and publishing companies has asked the UK’s antitrust watchdog to stop Google releasing technology that it claims will block publishers from accessing the cookies they use to sell advertising.

23 November 2020

CMA ready to move away from static market definitions in deal reviews

The UK’s competition authority has proposed dropping formal market definition in its merger reviews and allowing for more uncertainty in counterfactual assessments to better enforce against anticompetitive deals in digital markets.

18 November 2020

ACCC watches as Epic Games brings Apple fight to Australia

Epic Games has filed a lawsuit in Australia accusing Apple of illegally maintaining its monopoly over the distribution of apps and in-app payments on its mobile platform, as the country’s competition watchdog said it is keeping a close eye on the case.

18 November 2020

Delivery Hero opposes proposed structural remedies in Korea

A case team at Korea’s antitrust authority has preliminarily recommended that Delivery Hero divest its local food delivery operations as a condition for approval of its proposed acquisition of a majority stake in Woowa Brothers.

17 November 2020

Turkey hits Google with fine and behavioural remedy

Turkey’s competition enforcer has fined Google €21.7 million for allegedly abusing its dominant position in the online search advertising market by favouring paid ads in its search results.

16 November 2020

UK fast-tracks crowdfunding deal to Phase II

The UK’s competition authority has fast-tracked an in-depth review into a merger between crowdfunding platforms Cloudcube and Seedrs following a request by the companies.

16 November 2020

UK tribunal backs CMA in Facebook exemption dispute

The UK’s specialist competition tribunal has rebuked Facebook for ignoring information requests from the country’s antitrust watchdog when applying for an exemption from an order that required it to stop integrating with Giphy during the enforcer’s review of the deal.

16 November 2020

Spanish enforcer warns against ex ante regulation

Spain’s competition enforcer has warned that ex ante regulation in the digital sector could lead to economic inefficiency, while calling for a three-stage test to determine when to intervene in online markets.

12 November 2020

CMA economist calls for updated merger rules in digital markets

Merger control rules need amending if competition enforcers are to stop large online platforms from further entrenching their market power through acquisitions, the chief economic advisor at the UK’s Competition & Markets Authority has said.

12 November 2020

Phillips: US antitrust enforcement likely to be more vigorous ‘if power changes hands’

Federal Trade Commission member Noah Phillips has said he expects the US antitrust agencies to be more aggressive under the next administration, but he warned against using competition law to solve social problems such as income inequality.

12 November 2020

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