Topic: Online platforms

Google’s long-running battle with antitrust enforcers

The Department of Justice may have just filed its monopoly maintenance lawsuit against Google, but its examination of the company comes after more than a decade of antitrust scrutiny on either side of the Atlantic.

26 October 2020

Mexican digital markets probe may spark jurisdictional fight

Mexico’s telecommunications regulator has launched a wide-ranging investigation into competition in several digital markets, including online search and social media, although several lawyers expect the antitrust authority to battle for jurisdiction over the probe.

23 October 2020

Korean antitrust boss says Google harmed competition

The chair of Korea’s antitrust watchdog has reportedly accused Google of distorting competition in the mobile applications market and revealed the agency will aim to complete one of two ongoing probes into the company this year.

23 October 2020

Chopra calls for new era of enforcement, Wilson urges caution

Federal Trade Commission members Rohit Chopra and Christine Wilson have offered clashing views on whether to embrace major proposals to overhaul US antitrust law.

22 October 2020

DOJ’s Google lawsuit follows Microsoft playbook, ex-enforcers say

The Department of Justice is seeking to replicate the success of its landmark Microsoft case in a lawsuit accusing Google of illegally maintaining monopolies over online search and search advertising, several former enforcers have said.

21 October 2020

US DOJ seeks "structural relief" in Google monopolisation case

Google has illegally maintained monopolies over online search and search advertising through agreements intended to prevent competition, the US Department of Justice and 11 US state enforcers have said in a long-expected lawsuit against the company.

20 October 2020

EU market definition notice must address multi-sided platforms, ABA says

The American Bar Association has urged the European Commission to update its market definition notice to provide guidance on how it intends to analyse and intervene in cases involving multi-sided markets and digital platforms.

20 October 2020

Slaughter and other experts react to House report

The House of Representatives' antitrust subcommittee staff published a sweeping report on 6 October describing what it viewed as an abuse of monopoly power by Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple – while recommending an overhaul of US antitrust law. GCR USA invited reactions from several key members of the antitrust community on the report’s findings and potential consequences

16 October 2020

California appellate court grapples with harms in Uber classification dispute

Ride-hailing platforms Uber and Lyft face a presumed disadvantage in seeking to overturn a ruling that required them to classify their drivers as employees, a California state appellate court has said.

14 October 2020

Korea probes Google over app store fees

Korea’s antitrust watchdog has confirmed that it is investigating Google over its plan to take a 30% commission on all in-app payments made through its mobile application store.

12 October 2020

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