Topic: Digital markets

Norway blocks online platform deal over digital markets concerns

The Norwegian Competition Authority has ordered Schibsted to sell the used car sales platform it acquired in 2019 due to concerns about competition in digital markets, although the company has already vowed to challenge the decision.

11 November 2020

EU sends chargesheet to Amazon and launches new abuse probe

The European Commission has formally accused Amazon of abusing its dominant position as a marketplace service provider in Germany and France, while also opening a second probe into the platform’s e-commerce business.

10 November 2020

India launches probe into Google’s payment app

India’s competition watchdog has ordered its investigative arm to probe Google after reaching a preliminary conclusion that the company abused its dominance by favouring its own payment service in its mobile application store.

10 November 2020

CMA looks to international enforcers for post-Brexit inspiration

The chief executive of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said his agency will look to its counterparts in Japan, Canada, Australia and Brazil as “benchmarks” for what kind of enforcer it wants to be as it prepares to take on more global cases post-Brexit.

10 November 2020

German competition law amendments extremely close to finish line, Mundt says

The president of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said he expects his agency will be ready to enforce new domestic rules against digital platforms in the first few months of 2021, but warned it still faces challenges in bringing cases.

05 November 2020

California classifies gig-economy workers as independent contractors

California has voted to classify app-based drivers as independent contractors, exempting companies like Uber and Lyft from state requirements for compensating employees.

05 November 2020

South Africa launches new digital strategy

South Africa’s competition enforcer has launched a new strategy to tackle competition issues in digital markets, which includes plans to require certain digital companies to report all national acquisitions.

04 November 2020

CMA head reiterates call for reform as final Brexit date looms

The interim chair of the UK’s antitrust enforcer has warned of a likely uptick in competition law violations as the country prepares for its formal exit from the EU amidst the coronavirus crisis.

04 November 2020

Germany launches Amazon and Apple probe

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has launched an investigation into Amazon and Apple over suspicions that the companies entered into an agreement that prevented third-party retailers from selling Apple’s products on Amazon Marketplace.

29 October 2020

EU court orders virtual data room in Facebook probes

The EU General Court has set restrictions on the information that the European Commission can access as it investigates Facebook’s online marketplace and data practices in two separate probes.

29 October 2020

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