Topic: Exclusivity clauses

Judge Mehta concerned DOJ’s discovery requests may slow down Google case

The judge presiding over the US government’s monopolisation lawsuit against Google has continued to express some unease about the breadth of information the Department of Justice is requesting from the company.

31 March 2021

Unilever fined €51 million for freezing out competition in Turkey

The Turkish Competition Authority has become the latest antitrust enforcer to penalise Unilever for imposing exclusivity requirements on distributors that sold its ice cream brands, hitting the company with a €51.6 million fine.

23 March 2021

Visa agrees card fee undertakings in Australia

Australia’s competition watchdog has closed an investigation into Visa for allegedly leveraging its market power in the credit card acceptance market, after the company committed not to tie cheaper rates to merchants that also use its network to accept debit card payments.

10 March 2021

Indonesia clears Honda in exclusivity case

Indonesia’s antitrust authority has found that Honda’s local subsidiary committed a per se competition law breach by forcing its authorised service stations into exclusive purchasing arrangements but cleared the company after assessing the conduct under the rule of reason.

04 March 2021

Germany secures commitments in Deutsche Post abuse probe

Germany’s incumbent postal operator has agreed to abandon an exclusivity-based discount system for delivering newspapers and magazines to end a Federal Cartel Office abuse of dominance investigation.

03 March 2021

Developer claims Apple monopolised process for signing into apps

Apple has illegally tied its dominance over mobile software to thwart competition for a service that allows users to sign in to multiple accounts with a single username and password, the app developer Blix has said.

22 February 2021

Klobuchar introduces comprehensive antitrust legislation

Senator Amy Klobuchar has introduced sweeping legislation that would make it easier for plaintiffs to challenge mergers and anticompetitive conduct, overhaul the budgets of the US antitrust agencies and empower them to issue civil fines.

04 February 2021

Mylan defeats Sanofi’s claims it illegally prevented competition to EpiPen

Sanofi-Aventis failed to demonstrate that Mylan monopolised the market for epinephrine auto-injectors used to treat severe allergic reactions, a Kansas federal court ruled in a recently unsealed opinion.

02 February 2021

Third Circuit rescues Fresenius Kabi’s monopolisation claims against Par

An appellate court has revived drug manufacturer Fresenius Kabi’s antitrust lawsuit against Par Pharmaceutical, determining that a lower court in New Jersey failed to conduct a requisite analysis of the issues in the case.

13 January 2021

ECJ annuls EU Paramount commitment decision

The European Court of Justice has annulled a decision by the European Commission accepting a commitment from Paramount to stop enforcing geo-blocking restrictions with broadcasters.

09 December 2020

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