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Turkey imposes fourth and highest fine on Google

The Turkish Competition Authority has fined Google €30.7 million and ordered it to remedy the alleged preferencing of its own services in the local search service and accommodation price comparison markets.

15 April 2021

Russia probes Yandex over self-preferencing concerns

Russia’s antitrust watchdog has opened an investigation into Yandex over suspicions the company is abusing its dominance in the search engine market by prioritising search results for its own products.

15 April 2021

Antitrust liability should extend “downwards”, advocate general says

Subsidiaries may be held liable for the anticompetitive conduct of their parent companies, an EU advocate general has said in an opinion considering whether Mercedes Benz Trucks España should pay damages for Daimler’s role in the EU trucks cartel.

15 April 2021

UK court allows DRAM cartel follow-on claim

A UK appellate court has ruled that a defunct computer retailer’s follow-on damages claims against DRAM cartel members Infineon and Micron are not time-barred because the company entered administration before the cartel’s existence became public.

15 April 2021

Community round-up: Euclid Law hires from Macfarlanes

Macfarlanes has lost a senior solicitor to Euclid Law in London but has strengthened its partnership with a promotion, while Stephenson Harwood has hired from White & Case and firms have promoted in Brussels, Paris and India.

14 April 2021

UK waves through Virgin Media/O2 joint venture

The UK’s competition enforcer has provisionally cleared the €31 billion joint venture between mobile network operator O2 and telecommunications provider Virgin Media after a fast-tracked Phase II investigation.

14 April 2021

China gives tech companies one month to fall in line

China’s competition watchdog has given technology companies one month to conduct a comprehensive self-inspection, completely rectify any anticompetitive practices and publicly pledge to comply with the country’s antitrust rules.

14 April 2021

Liebherr agrees to remedy online sales discrimination in Germany

Household appliance manufacturer Liebherr-Hausgeräte Vertriebs has agreed to remove certain quality requirements from its agreements with distributors in Germany, after the national competition authority found that they disadvantage online retailers.

13 April 2021

Polish court suspends merger approval for PKN Orlen deal

A Polish court has issued an interim injunction suspending the national competition authority’s approval of PKN Orlen’s acquisition of Polska Press pending a challenge by the country’s human rights commissioner against the tie-up.

13 April 2021

EU takes closer look at insulation deal

The European Commission has opened a Phase II investigation into Kingspan’s purchase of a Slovenian insulation manufacturer, one year after the building materials company saw a similar deal collapse because of antitrust scrutiny.

13 April 2021

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