Topic: GAFA

CMA launches Apple App Store probe

The UK’s antitrust enforcer has launched an abuse of dominance investigation examining whether Apple imposes unfair or anticompetitive terms on developers that use its App Store.

04 March 2021

Arizona House passes bill designed to increase app payment options

Arizona’s House of Representatives has advanced legislation that would require Apple and Google to allow Arizona-based app developers and users to utilise alternative payment systems when purchasing applications through their app stores.

04 March 2021

Shores returns to Shearman after presiding over DOJ tech probes

Ryan Shores has rejoined the partnership of Shearman & Sterling after overseeing the Department of Justice’s antitrust investigation into large digital platforms.

03 March 2021

DMA is not the end of antitrust enforcement, Guersent says

The director-general of the European Commission’s competition authority has stressed that the agency will not be giving up on traditional antitrust enforcement in the digital economy following the introduction of the Digital Markets Act.

02 March 2021

Judge Mehta: DOJ’s discovery requests may stretch beyond Google suit

The judge presiding over the Department of Justice’s monopolisation case against Google has questioned whether the agency’s latest document requests are related to its lawsuit.

26 February 2021

DOJ document requests are overly broad and burdensome, Google says

Google has objected to information requests it received from the Department of Justice as part of the agency’s lawsuit challenging the company’s alleged illegal monopolisation of online search and advertising markets.

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

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

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

Colorado AG: antitrust reform should reflect market realities

Reforms designed to address the decline in competition across much of the US economy should be framed around “market realities” rather than “rigid formalities”, Colorado attorney general Phil Weiser has said.

18 February 2021

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