Topic: Online platforms

Booking.com can be sued where anticompetitive harm occurs, ECJ rules

A German hotel that listed its rooms on Booking.com can bring a standalone abuse of dominance action in the member state it operates in, despite the platform being based in the Netherlands, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

24 November 2020

CMA issues first-ever price parity clauses fine

The UK’s antitrust enforcer has fined one of the country’s biggest price comparison platforms £17.9 million for using most-favoured-nation clauses that banned home insurers from offering lower prices on rival websites.

19 November 2020

Dramatic antitrust rebuild proposed for Biden administration

A government-wide revamp of US competition enforcement is needed to address past failures to rein in monopoly power, a group of ex-enforcers has said.

19 November 2020

CMA ready to move away from static market definitions in deal reviews

The UK’s competition authority has proposed dropping formal market definition in its merger reviews and allowing for more uncertainty in counterfactual assessments to better enforce against anticompetitive deals in digital markets.

18 November 2020

ACCC watches as Epic Games brings Apple fight to Australia

Epic Games has filed a lawsuit in Australia accusing Apple of illegally maintaining its monopoly over the distribution of apps and in-app payments on its mobile platform, as the country’s competition watchdog said it is keeping a close eye on the case.

18 November 2020

Turkey hits Google with fine and behavioural remedy

Turkey’s competition enforcer has fined Google €21.7 million for allegedly abusing its dominant position in the online search advertising market by favouring paid ads in its search results.

16 November 2020

UK fast-tracks crowdfunding deal to Phase II

The UK’s competition authority has fast-tracked an in-depth review into a merger between crowdfunding platforms Cloudcube and Seedrs following a request by the companies.

16 November 2020

UK tribunal backs CMA in Facebook exemption dispute

The UK’s specialist competition tribunal has rebuked Facebook for ignoring information requests from the country’s antitrust watchdog when applying for an exemption from an order that required it to stop integrating with Giphy during the enforcer’s review of the deal.

16 November 2020

Simons: Scale of potential harm should not be overlooked in merger review

Antitrust enforcers should consider not only the probability that a merger will harm consumers but also the magnitude of that potential injury, Federal Trade Commission chair Joseph Simons has said.

13 November 2020

CMA economist calls for updated merger rules in digital markets

Merger control rules need amending if competition enforcers are to stop large online platforms from further entrenching their market power through acquisitions, the chief economic advisor at the UK’s Competition & Markets Authority has said.

12 November 2020

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