Topic: GAFA

US DOJ seeks "structural relief" in Google monopolisation case

Google has illegally maintained monopolies over online search and search advertising through agreements intended to prevent competition, the US Department of Justice and 11 US state enforcers have said in a long-expected lawsuit against the company.

20 October 2020

CMA bemoans Facebook’s lack of cooperation in Giphy deal

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has argued that Facebook’s refusal to provide certain requested information prevented it from properly considering an exemption request from an interim order that temporarily halted its acquisition of Giphy.

20 October 2020

Facebook accuses CMA of flawed analysis in exemption request

Facebook has alleged that the UK’s competition agency failed to consider basic elements of its exemption request from an interim order the authority imposed on its deal to acquire Giphy.

19 October 2020

CMA will probe Google and Facebook if regulation stalls

The head of the UK’s competition authority has said his agency will open investigations into Google and Facebook if the country’s government does not implement a regulatory framework for the digital market within one year.

19 October 2020

Slaughter and other experts react to House report

The House of Representatives' antitrust subcommittee staff published a sweeping report on 6 October describing what it viewed as an abuse of monopoly power by Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple – while recommending an overhaul of US antitrust law. GCR USA invited reactions from several key members of the antitrust community on the report’s findings and potential consequences

16 October 2020

French and Dutch governments add voice to platform regulation debate

Two ministers in France and the Netherlands have signed a joint position paper calling for the creation of specific rules to curb the power of so-called digital gatekeepers and empowering a European regulator to impose access obligations to remedy harmful conduct.

15 October 2020

Korea probes Google over app store fees

Korea’s antitrust watchdog has confirmed that it is investigating Google over its plan to take a 30% commission on all in-app payments made through its mobile application store.

12 October 2020

French court upholds Google interim measures

A court in France has affirmed the national competition enforcer’s decision to impose interim measures on Google that force it to negotiate payment to news publishers, after finding that the search engine is essential for the survival of the press sector.

08 October 2020

US lawmakers endorse bold overhaul of antitrust rules

Failing to bolster federal antitrust law to rein in the power of dominant digital platforms endangers the US economy and democracy, the US House of Representatives’ antitrust subcommittee has said in a hotly anticipated report on the state of the country’s monopoly rules.

07 October 2020

Antitrust law reform receives support from some Republicans

Two Republicans on the House of Representatives’ antitrust subcommittee have backed potential changes to strengthen US competition laws.

02 October 2020

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