Topic: Digital markets

Slaughter and other experts react to House report

The House of Representatives' antitrust subcommittee staff published a sweeping report on 6 October describing what it viewed as an abuse of monopoly power by Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple – while recommending an overhaul of US antitrust law. GCR USA invited reactions from several key members of the antitrust community on the report’s findings and potential consequences

16 October 2020

French and Dutch governments add voice to platform regulation debate

Two ministers in France and the Netherlands have signed a joint position paper calling for the creation of specific rules to curb the power of so-called digital gatekeepers and empowering a European regulator to impose access obligations to remedy harmful conduct.

15 October 2020

California appellate court grapples with harms in Uber classification dispute

Ride-hailing platforms Uber and Lyft face a presumed disadvantage in seeking to overturn a ruling that required them to classify their drivers as employees, a California state appellate court has said.

14 October 2020

Korea probes Google over app store fees

Korea’s antitrust watchdog has confirmed that it is investigating Google over its plan to take a 30% commission on all in-app payments made through its mobile application store.

12 October 2020

Spanish enforcer backs market share thresholds for digital deals

The head of Spain’s antitrust enforcer has said market share thresholds can help competition agencies to capture potentially anticompetitive deals in the digital economy.

08 October 2020

French court upholds Google interim measures

A court in France has affirmed the national competition enforcer’s decision to impose interim measures on Google that force it to negotiate payment to news publishers, after finding that the search engine is essential for the survival of the press sector.

08 October 2020

EU drops interim measures against Broadcom

The European Commission has ended its high profile abuse of dominance investigation into Broadcom after accepting a commitments package from the chipmaker, less than a year after it imposed interim measures on the company.

07 October 2020

Korean platform fined for search manipulation

Korea’s competition watchdog has penalised digital platform Naver nearly €20 million for manipulating search results in the online shopping and video sectors by displaying its own products at the top.

06 October 2020

Grab fine annulled in Indonesia

An Indonesian court has quashed the national competition enforcer’s decision to levy a 30 billion rupiah (€1.8 million) fine on Grab for illegally prioritising drivers that worked with its local business partner – but the authority has already vowed to appeal.

02 October 2020

Antitrust law reform receives support from some Republicans

Two Republicans on the House of Representatives’ antitrust subcommittee have backed potential changes to strengthen US competition laws.

02 October 2020

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