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Germany blocks newspaper deal

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has issued a rare decision to block media publisher Funke Mediengruppe’s proposed acquisition of a full stake in daily newspaper Ostthüringer Zeitung, citing concerns that it could lead to another regional newspaper monopoly.

29 September 2021

General Court upholds EU capacitors cartel decision

The EU General Court has dismissed five separate appeals against the European Commission’s decision to fine five companies €215.6 million for fixing the prices of electrolytic capacitors with four of their rivals.

29 September 2021

Netherlands hits Samsung with first-ever vertical restraints fine

The Dutch competition authority has fined Samsung over €39 million for coordinating the prices of its televisions with seven online retailers, marking the first time it has ever fined a company for such behaviour.

29 September 2021

Indian court accepts CCI commitment in Google complaint

The Competition Commission of India has accepted Google’s requests to ensure the confidentiality of investigative documents to end the tech company’s court challenge that accused it of leaking a 750-page report to the press.

29 September 2021

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

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