Topic: Digital markets

EU confirms plans to update VBER

The European Commission has said its vertical block exemption regulation is no longer fit for purpose due to the growth of e-commerce and online platforms, but lawyers believe any radical change is unlikely.

08 September 2020

Amazon penalised for late responses in Deliveroo probe

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has fined Amazon for failing to hand over documents on time during the enforcer’s review of the company’s investment in Deliveroo.

07 September 2020

Google warns gatekeeper regulation could be anticompetitive

Google has doubled-down on its assertions that specific EU rules for so-called ‘digital gatekeepers’ could result in competition distortions, as part of its 135-page response challenging aspects of the EU Digital Services Act.

04 September 2020

SAMR takes hybrid approach to digital markets

Traditional antitrust tools are capable of handling competition concerns in digital markets, but there are unique features that require the consideration of additional factors, a top official at China’s competition authority has said.

04 September 2020

Facebook challenges Giphy hold-separate obligations

Facebook has taken the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority to court over its refusal to exempt the company from aspects of an order that prevented it from integrating with Giphy during the enforcer's merger review.

01 September 2020

Apple ordered to change App Store rules in Russia

Russia’s competition enforcer has given Apple three months to stop unjustifiably removing third-party applications from its App Store and provide help to parental control app developers to distribute their products on its iOS operating system.

01 September 2020

Sims criticises Facebook’s threat to block news sharing

Australia’s competition czar has said a threat by Facebook to block Australian publishers and people from sharing news on its social media platforms is “ill-timed and misconceived”.

01 September 2020

Wright: Rulemaking could be next IP/antitrust battleground

The US antitrust agencies’ losses in intellectual property cases have increased the likelihood of a competition rulemaking, according to former Federal Trade Commission member Joshua Wright.

01 September 2020

Investment software provider asks CMA to undo its hostile takeover

Fintech software developer GBST has told the UK’s competition enforcer that forcing its acquirer to sell GBST is the “only comprehensive and effective remedy” to the harm that the already-completed acquisition will cause in the investment software market.

27 August 2020

Mexico probes digital ad market

Mexico’s competition watchdog has launched an abuse of dominance investigation into the digital advertising services market to determine whether market participants are complying with competition rules.

25 August 2020

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