Topic: GAFA

China gears up for Google Android probe

China’s competition enforcer is reportedly preparing to launch an abuse of dominance investigation into Google and its Android operating system, based on a complaint lodged by device manufacturer Huawei.

01 October 2020

California judge zeroes in on Epic Games’ alleged market in Apple case

A federal judge on Monday criticised Epic Games’ alleged relevant market definition in its antitrust lawsuit against Apple and questioned whether the game developer’s case would be able to address the potential lack of competition for iPhone apps.

29 September 2020

Germany's Facebook ruling – A treasure trove of novel issues

On 23 June 2020, Germany’s Federal Court of Justice upheld the immediate enforcement of an order by the Federal Cartel Office against Facebook, prohibiting the company from collecting user data from other Facebook-owned services or third-parties and merging them with the users’ accounts on the social network without specific consent. Debevoise & Plimpton partner Thomas Schürrle and associate Andrea Pomana explore the court’s novel 55-page reasoning and its potential implications.

28 September 2020

Apple state aid battle goes to ECJ

The European Commission has confirmed it will challenge the EU General Court’s decision to annul its order forcing Ireland to collect €13 billion in alleged illegal state aid granted to Apple.

25 September 2020

Exclusive: An interview with John Penrose

The UK government announced on 14 September that John Penrose MP will lead a review of the country’s competition policy, as it prepares to leave the European Union and tackle the economic shock brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Penrose spoke to Emily Craig about updating the UK’s “analogue era” competition rules, whether the report will recommend changes to the consumer welfare standard and how to address the challenges of the digital economy.

25 September 2020

Don’t overstate the role of data, Facebook says

Facebook’s director of economic policy has played down the competitive advantage available to platforms that have access to large tranches of data, while warning against the effectiveness of data separation and data access remedies.

24 September 2020

India’s largest e-payment service joins fight against Google

Softbank-backed digital payment company Paytm has suggested that Google abused its dominance by temporarily removing it from the Google Play Store and forcing Paytm to remove an offering to get re-listed.

22 September 2020

Mundt: fines against large digital companies are ineffective

Fines do not work as an effective remedy to unilateral conduct in the digital economy, the president of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said.

16 September 2020

NY AG: Abuse of dominance standard necessary to bolster weak laws

Competition enforcers need more flexible laws for challenging anticompetitive conduct, New York State attorney general Letitia James has said.

15 September 2020

EU and US enforcers clash on digital regulation

Margrethe Vestager has defended the EU’s proposed digital platform regulation, as the heads of both US antitrust agencies pushed back against the idea of imposing similar rules on some of the world’s biggest tech platforms.

14 September 2020

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