Topic: Online platforms

Google faces £920 million UK class action over app store rules

Plaintiff law firm Hausfeld is spearheading a proposed class action against Google that seeks almost £1 billion on behalf of 19.5 million UK consumers that allegedly overpaid for in-app content as a result of the company’s application store restrictions.

29 July 2021

Spanish study finds Google, Facebook dominate digital ad sector

A market study by the Spanish antitrust watchdog has found that the country's digital advertising sector is dominated by Facebook and Google, which together control more than 70% of the market’s revenue.

27 July 2021

Amazon and Flipkart lose appeal against CCI probe

The Karnataka High Court has dealt another blow to Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart by dismissing their appeals against an earlier ruling that allowed India’s competition authority to resume an investigation into their alleged anticompetitive conduct.

26 July 2021

Germany opens Facebook/Kustomer probe due to Article 22 opposition

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said it will not refer deals to the European Commission unless they meet national notification thresholds, joining several other enforcers in rejecting the EU authority’s recent Article 22 guidance.

23 July 2021

Epic uninterested in combining Apple and Google cases in Australia

Counsel to Epic Games has said its monopolisation lawsuits against Apple and Google only overlap in a limited way so the judge overseeing both cases should keep them separate.

23 July 2021

WATCH: GCR Connect: Antitrust in the Digital Economy

GCR Connect: Antitrust in the Digital Economy took place from 15 to 17 June. Full recordings of all three days are now available to watch.

23 July 2021

ACCC turns attention to Amazon, eBay and others

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has launched an inquiry into online marketplaces such as eBay, Amazon, Kogan and Catch.com.au as part of its examination of digital platform services.

22 July 2021

New Zealand’s enforcer goes after Google Ads agreements

New Zealand’s antitrust authority is seeking a declaration from the High Court that a consumer loan company violated the country’s anti-cartel rules by allegedly agreeing with rivals not to appear in each other’s Google search results.

21 July 2021

FCA study contradicts CMA price parity decision, CompareTheMarket says

A market study by the UK’s financial services regulator undermines the theory of harm relied on by the country’s antitrust enforcer when it fined CompareTheMarket for using apparently anticompetitive price parity clauses, the company has told the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal.

20 July 2021

Facebook seeks Khan’s recusal from FTC lawsuit

Facebook has petitioned to have Federal Trade Commission chair Lina Khan recused from any decision regarding the agency’s pending antitrust litigation against the social network.

15 July 2021

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