Topic: Online platforms

Viagogo offers divestment in bid for StubHub merger approval

Viagogo has promised to divest all of StubHub’s ticketing business outside North America in an attempt to dissuade the UK’s antitrust enforcer from blocking the already-completed acquisition of its rival.

11 November 2020

EU sends chargesheet to Amazon and launches new abuse probe

The European Commission has formally accused Amazon of abusing its dominant position as a marketplace service provider in Germany and France, while also opening a second probe into the platform’s e-commerce business.

10 November 2020

India launches probe into Google’s payment app

India’s competition watchdog has ordered its investigative arm to probe Google after reaching a preliminary conclusion that the company abused its dominance by favouring its own payment service in its mobile application store.

10 November 2020

China nears first online platform guidelines

China’s antitrust watchdog has published its first draft guidance on the platform economy, which provides clarifications on how the enforcer will tackle antitrust issues in digital markets.

10 November 2020

DOJ sues to block Visa purchase of Plaid

Visa’s proposed acquisition of the financial technology firm Plaid seeks to eliminate a nascent competitive threat to its monopoly over online debit transactions, the Department of Justice has alleged.

06 November 2020

California classifies gig-economy workers as independent contractors

California has voted to classify app-based drivers as independent contractors, exempting companies like Uber and Lyft from state requirements for compensating employees.

05 November 2020

Still time to sign up for GCR Interactive: Women In Antitrust

GCR Interactive: Women In Antitrust will take place on 17 and 18 November, hosting panels about the impact of the US election, proposed regulation of online platforms and how competition agencies have reacted to the coronavirus pandemic.

03 November 2020

Vestager warns against fragmented approach to digital markets

EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has said the agency’s proposed new market investigation powers will help harmonise intervention in digital markets across member states, as she warned about the risks of disparate approaches in different countries.

29 October 2020

France urged to impose interim measures on Apple

A group of online advertising trade bodies has asked France’s Competition Authority to find that Apple’s new app store consent pop-up is anticompetitive.

29 October 2020

Biden believes “far more” action is needed against monopolies, advisor says

Former vice president Joe Biden believes far more action is needed to address the nation’s “growing problem” of monopoly power, a senior advisor to the campaign has said.

29 October 2020

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