Topic: Digital markets

Enforcers clash over expanding their mandates

The president of France’s Competition Authority has pushed back against assertions from his UK, US and German counterparts that the mandate of competition agencies should include other legal or social policies.

04 May 2022

Germany subjects Meta to heightened scrutiny under 19A

The president of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has welcomed Meta’s decision not to appeal against its designation as a company with “paramount significance for competition across markets”.

04 May 2022

New ACCC chair strikes measured tone in first major speech

The new head of Australia’s competition watchdog has refused to explicitly call for changes to the country’s competition law until after the federal elections this month, as she reflected on priorities laid out by her predecessor.

04 May 2022

CCI raids Amazon and Flipkart sellers

The Competition Commission of India has raided the premises of several sellers on Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart in connection with ongoing investigations against the two major online retail platforms, GCR has confirmed.

29 April 2022

EU and Google set to square off at General Court once again in AdSense appeal

Google will argue before the EU’s General Court next week that the European Commission’s decision to fine it €1.49 billion for including anticompetitive clauses in its AdSense contracts is wrong in law, facts and economics.

29 April 2022

DOJ: Local court improperly dismissed Amazon lawsuit

A Washington, DC, court used improper legal analysis when granting Amazon’s motion to dismiss the District of Columbia’s allegations that the company set an illegal price floor on its marketplace, the Department of Justice has said.

29 April 2022

CMA conduct during Meta/Giphy review is “quintessential” procedural unfairness, Meta claims

Meta has told the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal that it was prevented from making potentially substantial arguments about its acquisition of Giphy because the country’s antitrust enforcer withheld “highly exculpatory” information during its in-depth investigation.

28 April 2022

ACCC raises self-preferencing concerns from online marketplace algorithms

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has raised concerns that the algorithms employed by the country’s top online marketplaces could be used to preference their own products to the detriment of rival sellers.

28 April 2022

CMA rebukes Meta’s allegations of procedural misconduct in Giphy review

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority did not hide relevant information from Meta during its investigation into the company’s purchase of Giphy, nor did it unlawfully allow staff members to make significant additions to its decision to block the deal, the enforcer’s counsel has argued.

27 April 2022

Japan weighs regulating Apple and Google following government study

A special digital markets unit within the Japanese government has suggested regulating Apple and Google to stimulate competition in the mobile ecosystem market after concluding that restrictions on third-party application stores and the pre-installation of apps give the companies a competitive advantage.

27 April 2022

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