China’s top court allows standalone claim against Apple to proceed

China’s top court has reportedly held that Apple may be abusing its dominance by charging a 30% commission on App Store purchases and forcing consumers to use Apple Pay to make payments.

05 October 2021

Don’t expect UK class action settlements soon, local lawyer says

A UK competition lawyer has warned it may take some time before the country’s class action regime approves its first settlement, as the procedure is a “very public process”.

04 October 2021

Last tickets remaining for GCR merger control conference in Brussels

Tickets are still available for GCR Live: Merger Control in Brussels on Thursday, which features enforcers past and present from the United States and Europe.

04 October 2021

UK open banking chair resigns as CMA oversight failures slammed

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is partly to blame for the failings in governance at the open banking regulator it oversees, which in turn had a “culture of bullying and intimidation”, an independent report has concluded.

04 October 2021

Spain hits rail network sector with second major fine

Spain’s competition authority has fined seven rail and communications companies as well as 10 executives a combined €127.8 million for bid-rigging, in the latest of two major fines imposed on the rail network market since 2019.

04 October 2021

Belgium ignites cigarette information exchange allegations

The Belgian Competition Authority has followed enforcers in Spain, the Netherlands and Ukraine in accusing four major cigarette companies of discussing the future prices of their cigarettes.

04 October 2021

Tickets available for GCR Live: Women in Antitrust

GCR Live: Women in Antitrust will take place on 4 November in Washington DC, hosting panels about US merger enforcement under the Biden administration, global Big Tech regulatory proposals and competition policy’s role in sustainability.

04 October 2021

EU seeks feedback on O2/T-Mobile commitments

O2, T-Mobile and a local telecom infrastructure provider have promised to modernise their mobile networks in the Czech Republic and limit how they share information in a bid to end an EU probe into their cooperation agreements.

01 October 2021

Vestager calls for greater cooperation with US enforcers

EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has called for enhanced cooperation between the European Commission and the US antitrust agencies, particularly as the two jurisdictions tackle similar emerging problems in the digital and pharmaceutical sectors.

01 October 2021

Paris court quashes abuse claims against Orange in SFR saga

A French appellate court has once again dismissed SFR’s abuse of dominance complaint against Orange, finding that the latter complied with measures imposed by the country’s telecommunications regulator when refusing to offer a particular pricing plan for network access.

01 October 2021

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