Topic: Exclusivity clauses

China fines water monopolies

China’s competition watchdog has fined a pair of local water supply monopolies in Shaoxing city close to €4.8 million for abusing their dominance through unlawful exclusivity and tying provisions.

13 June 2022

Padel league claims rivals are trying to oust it from market

The World Padel Tour has responded to an EU competition complaint challenging its purportedly unlawful exclusivity requirements with a lawsuit alleging that the world padel governing body and players’ association are trying to push it out of the market in favour of their own rival league.

31 May 2022

ACCC takes Mastercard to court for alleged misuse of market power

Australia’s antitrust watchdog has sued Mastercard for allegedly entering into anticompetitive restrictive agreements with more than 20 major retail businesses for the supply of debit card acceptance services.

30 May 2022

South Africa fines ticket distributor in second exclusivity case

South Africa’s largest events ticket seller has agreed to pay a €671,000 fine to settle an abuse of dominance probe by the country’s competition authority, three years after it was sanctioned for the same conduct during a different time period.

27 May 2022

Canadian court rejects e-book class action against Apple and Amazon

A court in British Columbia has denied certification to a putative class of digital audiobook purchasers that accuses Amazon, Audible and Apple of agreeing not to compete in the audiobooks sector, finding the plaintiffs failed to provide a credible methodology for assessing damages.

20 May 2022

EU and Google set to square off at General Court once again in AdSense appeal

Google will argue before the EU’s General Court next week that the European Commission’s decision to fine it €1.49 billion for including anticompetitive clauses in its AdSense contracts is wrong in law, facts and economics.

29 April 2022

Intel saga continues as EU challenges overturning of €1 billion fine

The European Commission is appealing against the annulment of its landmark €1 billion abuse of dominance fine against Intel over a decade ago, following criticism from the General Court that it failed to prove the chipmaker’s conditional rebates harmed competition.

08 April 2022

EU drops probe into Qatari gas supply agreements

The European Commission has dropped its investigation into liquefied natural gas supply agreements between Qatar Energy and several European gas importers, after it failed to find evidence that the company imposed anticompetitive restrictive clauses.

05 April 2022

Italian court annuls ticket seller’s €10.9 million abuse fine

Competition authorities must not use behavioural antitrust probes to examine and penalise mergers, an Italian court has held in a decision to annul a €10.9 million abuse of dominance fine imposed on the CTS Eventim-TicketOne group by the national antitrust enforcer.

28 March 2022

Australian ice cream company fined €8.2 million for exclusive dealing

One of Australia’s largest ice cream makers has agreed to pay a fine of €8.2 million after admitting that its five-year exclusive dealing arrangement with a major food distributor breached competition rules.

25 March 2022

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