Topic: Digital markets

Italian enforcer probes Google over data portability

The Italian Competition Authority is investigating whether Google unlawfully restricted users’ right to data portability and limited the ability of other businesses to develop innovative data-based services.

15 July 2022

DOJ can redepose Google execs

A federal judge presiding over the Department of Justice’s litigation against Google has allowed the agency to further depose seven Google executives without disclosing to the company the relevant corresponding documents.

15 July 2022

Amazon proposes data collection cutbacks to end EU abuse probes

Amazon’s promise to make significant changes to its European business model could allow the European Commission to “test the effectiveness” of the Digital Markets Act before the rules come into effect, local lawyers have said.

14 July 2022

DOJ seeks to redepose Google execs

The Department of Justice is asking a federal court for permission to further depose seven Google executives because the company improperly withheld thousands of documents prior to their initial interviews.

14 July 2022

DMA obligations influenced by unresolved tech cases, Whish says

The list of obligations imposed on designated gatekeepers under the EU’s Digital Markets Act has clearly been influenced by the European Commission’s “embryonic” abuse of dominance cases despite those theories of harm currently going unconfirmed, a leading antitrust expert has said.

13 July 2022

China issues max fines in latest round of gun-jumping penalties

China’s antitrust enforcer has fined Alibaba, Tencent and multiple other technology companies and private equity groups the maximum amount possible for failing to report more than two dozen transactions dating back to 2011.

12 July 2022

CMA joins EU in probing Amazon’s data collection practices

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has opened an abuse of dominance investigation into Amazon’s use of merchant data and the criteria for sellers to appear in its Buy Box feature, in a case that mirrors the European Commission’s two ongoing probes into the tech company.

06 July 2022

Amazon mulls challenge to heightened scrutiny in Germany

Amazon has said it is considering appealing against the German competition authority’s decision to designate it as having “paramount significance for competition across markets”, which subjects the company to stricter antitrust regulations.

06 July 2022

German policy adviser supports break-up orders absent antitrust infringement

Germany’s Monopolies Commission has supported proposals to empower the country’s competition authority to break up companies without first finding an infringement of competition law.

05 July 2022

EU aims to create distinct teams to enforce DMA

The European Commission has said it will need at least 150 staff members to enforce the new Digital Markets Act, nearly double the amount it initially anticipated when the law was proposed two years ago.

05 July 2022

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