Topic: Online platforms

India clears WhatsApp of anticompetitive tying

India’s competition watchdog has cleared Facebook’s WhatsApp of abusing its dominance by bundling its messaging and payment services.

19 August 2020

Germany investigates Amazon’s influence over pricing

Amazon is facing another antitrust probe in Germany after it banned sellers from its Marketplace platform for hiking prices of products related to the coronavirus pandemic.

17 August 2020

Amazon probed for abuse in Canada

Canada’s Competition Bureau has made an unusual call for information as it launches a wide-ranging investigation into Amazon’s potential abusive conduct.

17 August 2020

Fortnite launches battle royale against Apple and Google

Epic Games has filed a pair of lawsuits accusing Apple and Google of illegally maintaining monopolies over the distribution of apps and app payments on their respective mobile platforms.

17 August 2020

Google and Facebook sued for alleged cartel against crypto

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Facebook and Google in Australia alleging that the technology companies violated anti-cartel rules by banning all crypto-related advertising.

14 August 2020

Federal Reserve economists: concentration may be increasing income gap

Rising concentration across the US economy may be exasperating income inequality, a study from the Federal Reserve has suggested.

13 August 2020

Preliminary injunction issued against Uber and Lyft

A California state court has issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting Uber and Lyft from classifying their drivers as independent contractors rather than employees, following complaints that the policy provided them with an unlawful competitive advantage.

11 August 2020

ACCC delays Google/Fitbit decision to align with EU review

Australia’s competition watchdog has postponed issuing a ruling on Google’s acquisition of Fitbit until December to align with the European Commission’s ongoing merger review.

11 August 2020

Russia says it will order Apple to stop app store abuse

Russia’s competition watchdog has found that Apple abused its dominance by restricting rival developers of parental control applications and reserving the right to bar third-party apps from its App Store.

11 August 2020

German enforcer handed potential lifeline in case

Germany’s highest court has agreed to hear the Federal Cartel Office’s appeal against a lower court ruling that narrow most-favoured-nation clauses do not breach competition rules.

10 August 2020

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