Topic: Online platforms

Democrats accuse Amazon and Facebook of seeking to “bully” FTC

Petitions by Amazon and Facebook seeking the recusal of Federal Trade Commission chair Lina Khan are baseless attacks that appear to be designed to ensure an enforcement stalemate, four Democratic lawmakers have said.

05 August 2021

Greek market study finds weaknesses in EU platform regulation

Greece’s Competition Commission has released an interim report in its e-commerce sector inquiry, which highlights the possible prevalence of resale price maintenance and weaknesses in EU regulation.

03 August 2021

Austria fines backpack maker for RPM and online sales ban

Austria’s Cartel Court has imposed a fine on a school bag manufacturer for vertical price-fixing policies lasting over seven years as well as restricting its dealers from making online sales.

03 August 2021

EU launches Phase II probe into Facebook/Kustomer deal

The European Commission has opened its second in-depth merger investigation following an Article 22 referral, this time examining Facebook’s acquisition of customer service platform Kustomer.

02 August 2021

Colorado claims Google is holding up data discovery

The Colorado-led coalition of states accusing Google of illegally preserving a monopoly over online search has said the company is stymying its case by delaying the production of data describing a user’s “journey” on the platform.

02 August 2021

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

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