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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

EU common ownership report struggles to assess impact on competition

The European Commission has released a 336-page report on common ownership, calling for more research to “disentangle the various effects” that the growing phenomenon might have on competition and prices – but lawyers say much more robust analysis is now needed.

01 October 2020

Community round-up: Compass Lexecon opens in Denmark and firms hire in Europe

Compass Lexecon has launched a new office in Copenhagen, Brinkhof has hired from Freshfields in Amsterdam, ELIG has brought in a new counsel, while partners have also left Mischcon de Reya and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.

01 October 2020

UK energy watchdog alleges abuse in payments market

The UK’s energy regulator has accused a payment provider of abusing its dominance by including years-long exclusivity clauses in its contracts with energy retailers and suppliers that prevented them from using rival payment services.

30 September 2020

Finland calls for rare merger block

Finland’s competition enforcer has challenged a three-to-two tie-up in the private healthcare sector, as it seeks to prohibit a deal for only the fifth time in its history.

30 September 2020

Korea set to regulate online platforms

Korea’s antitrust watchdog intends to double the fines it can impose on digital platforms for unfair trading practices as well as require tech companies to enter into written contracts with smaller businesses.

30 September 2020

Malaysia issues major insurance cartel decision

Malaysia’s competition watchdog has fined 22 insurance companies, including AIG and Allianz, a total of €35.7 million for fixing the discount rate on certain vehicle parts and the hourly repair labour rates.

30 September 2020

EU settles more auto part cartel agreements

The European Commission has fined Brose and Kiekert a total of €18 million for participating in two separate auto parts cartels that coordinated prices for vital door and window components.

29 September 2020

US FTC wins injunction against coal deal

A Missouri federal court has granted the US Federal Trade Commission’s request to block a proposed joint venture between Peabody Energy and Arch Coal following a trial challenging the deal earlier this summer.

29 September 2020

Google Shopping remedy has failed, study claims

Less than one percent of traffic from Google's shopping search engine is directed to rival comparison websites, a study commissioned by Google’s competitors has found, three years after the European Commission ordered the tech company to treat its rivals equally.

29 September 2020

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