Topic: Digital markets

New competition tool will be “more targeted” than CMA powers, Vestager says

The European Commission’s new competition tool will be less powerful than the UK antitrust enforcer’s market investigations regime, EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has said.

07 December 2020

Dutch enforcer launches payment apps probe

The Dutch competition authority is investigating whether payment apps have been unlawfully restricted from accessing software in smartphones needed to provide contactless payment services.

04 December 2020

EU seeks collaboration with Biden administration on digital markets

The European Commission is calling on President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration to revamp transatlantic dialogue to strengthen antitrust enforcement in digital markets.

03 December 2020

Goodwin, Quinn Emanuel and Wachtell advise on Salesforce/Slack deal

Goodwin Procter and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan are advising Slack on antitrust issues related to its $27.7 billion sale to Salesforce.com, while the cloud-based software company has turned to Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz for competition counsel.

03 December 2020

Judge Mehta: DOJ’s protective order “raises due process concerns” for Google

Google’s due process rights may be violated if its in-house attorneys are denied broad access to documents third parties submitted to the Department of Justice during the agency’s antitrust probe of the technology company, the federal judge presiding over the case has said.

03 December 2020

Dutch enforcer finds big tech is encroaching on payments sector

The Dutch competition authority has recommended that the European Commission use its proposed new gatekeeper rules to prevent large technology companies from dominating the payments market.

01 December 2020

Google offers behavioural fix in Australia for Fitbit deal

Google has offered not to use certain data collected through its wearable devices for advertising purposes for 10 years to allay concerns that its proposed acquisition of health tracking company Fitbit would harm competition.

30 November 2020

Amnesty International: Google’s data dominance poses human rights risks

Amnesty International has urged the European Commission to examine alleged human rights risks associated with Google’s $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit, but experts warn that such an assessment is outside the enforcer’s competition law remit.

30 November 2020

DOJ requires Intuit to sell Credit Karma’s free tax business

Intuit must divest Credit Karma’s digital do-it-yourself tax business to move forward with its $7.1 billion acquisition of the financial technology company, the Department of Justice has said.

30 November 2020

UK to launch new digital competition regime

The UK government has said it will establish a digital markets unit within the country’s competition authority to enforce new rules for powerful platforms like Google and Facebook.

27 November 2020

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