EU complaint calls for remedies in Google online ad probe

A coalition of advertising and publishing companies has lodged a competition complaint to the European Commission about Google’s privacy changes to its Chrome browser, nearly three months after the enforcer launched a probe into the tech company’s online advertising business.

28 September 2021

EU lawmakers urge Gazprom probe amid spiking fuel costs

Members of the European Parliament have urged the European Commission to investigate whether Gazprom has played a role in the rising cost of natural gas throughout the bloc by possibly breaching abuse of dominance rules.

28 September 2021

German court overturns approval of telecoms joint venture

A court in Düsseldorf has overturned a decision by Germany’s antitrust watchdog to conditionally clear a joint venture between EWE and Deutsche Telekom that allowed both companies to expand their fibre optic networks in the northwestern part of the country.

28 September 2021

ACCC calls for enhanced powers to tackle Google’s ad tech dominance

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has said it needs more specific rules to address concerns about Google’s dominant position in digital advertising markets, after finding that competition in the sector is ineffective due to the technology company’s power.

28 September 2021

UK tribunal certifies first excessive pricing class action

The UK's Competition Appeal Tribunal has certified its second-ever class action, allowing a claim to proceed that seeks €469 million in damages from BT for allegedly overcharging 2.3 million landline service customers.

27 September 2021

EU ignored “highly powerful” Apple in Android decision, Google argues

Google has kicked off its appeal hearing before the EU’s General Court by arguing that the European Commission’s Android decision ignored the company’s “intense” rivalry with Apple and failed to consider a raft of benefits its technology delivered to consumers.

27 September 2021

UK exempts fuel sector from antitrust rules to quell delivery crisis

The UK government has suspended competition law in the fuel sector to tackle supply issues that have resulted in panic-buying across the country, signalling its willingness once again to balance antitrust rules and principles with other public policy objectives.

27 September 2021

Van Bael & Bellis partner moves to Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells has bolstered its competition group in Brussels with the hire of Michel Struys as a partner from Van Bael & Bellis.

27 September 2021

Germany proposes merger control reforms under DMA

The German government has published a legal opinion suggesting that merger control provisions be included in the Digital Markets Act.

27 September 2021

Expert evidence should be more transparent, appellate court judge says

Expert witnesses in competition cases should rely on the same data sources when presenting evidence and only cite peer-reviewed literature to support their arguments, so as to improve wider transparency, a judge at the Court of Appeal of England and Wales has said.

24 September 2021

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