Topic: Digital markets

Bilal Sayyed: the GCR exit interview

Under Bilal Sayyed’s watch, the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Policy Planning conducted a series of hearings evaluating the state of US antitrust enforcement, initiated a study of unreported transactions by major technology platforms and published the first update to the vertical merger guidelines in more than a quarter-century. Now a senior adjunct fellow with TechFreedom, the former director of the FTC’s policy shop reflected on his time at the agency in a conversation with GCR USA.

25 February 2021

Google accused of breaching interim measures in France

France’s Competition Authority has sent Google a statement of objections, accusing the tech company of breaching an interim order that forced it to negotiate an acceptable fee with news publishers for displaying their content.

24 February 2021

South Africa set to launch online platforms market study

South Africa’s antitrust authority has announced plans to conduct a market study into online platforms, based on its concerns that certain practices may “impede, distort or restrict” competition.

23 February 2021

Vestager questioned on essential facilities omission from DMA

Margrethe Vestager has defended the omission of any reference to essential facilities in the European Commission’s proposed Digital Markets Act, arguing that the agency has found a middle ground between that doctrine and competition law enforcement.

23 February 2021

UK tribunal rejects Epic’s claim against Apple

Epic Games cannot sue Apple in the UK for removing its Fortnite game from the App Store, although it can bring a claim against Google for similar behaviour, the Competition Appeal Tribunal has ruled.

22 February 2021

Facebook and Google diverge on Australian news law

Facebook has blocked its Australian users from sharing or viewing news content in response to the country’s proposed pay-for-news law, on the same day that Google came to a compensation agreement with media conglomerate News Corp.

18 February 2021

Indonesian enforcer increases focus on digital economy

Indonesia’s competition watchdog has said it must update its tactics for detecting anticompetitive conduct in the digital economy, while closely monitoring deals that intend to increase the parties' dominance in e-commerce markets.

18 February 2021

Epic heads to EU in fight against Apple

Epic Games has continued its global crusade against Apple by filing an antitrust complaint with the European Commission.

17 February 2021

Kovacic: “Apocalypse narrative” about past enforcement is unhelpful

Efforts by some progressive antitrust advocates to depict past enforcement as a complete failure may inhibit their ability to bring about effective change, a former head of the Federal Trade Commission has said.

17 February 2021

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