Topic: Online platforms

Goodwin, Quinn Emanuel and Wachtell advise on Salesforce/Slack deal

Goodwin Procter and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan are advising Slack on antitrust issues related to its $27.7 billion sale to Salesforce.com, while the cloud-based software company has turned to Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz for competition counsel.

03 December 2020

Judge Mehta: DOJ’s protective order “raises due process concerns” for Google

Google’s due process rights may be violated if its in-house attorneys are denied broad access to documents third parties submitted to the Department of Justice during the agency’s antitrust probe of the technology company, the federal judge presiding over the case has said.

03 December 2020

Biden selects antitrust progressives as economic advisers

President-elect Joe Biden has selected two outspoken advocates for more aggressive antitrust enforcement to serve on his Council of Economic Advisers.

02 December 2020

Dutch enforcer finds big tech is encroaching on payments sector

The Dutch competition authority has recommended that the European Commission use its proposed new gatekeeper rules to prevent large technology companies from dominating the payments market.

01 December 2020

Google offers behavioural fix in Australia for Fitbit deal

Google has offered not to use certain data collected through its wearable devices for advertising purposes for 10 years to allay concerns that its proposed acquisition of health tracking company Fitbit would harm competition.

30 November 2020

Amnesty International: Google’s data dominance poses human rights risks

Amnesty International has urged the European Commission to examine alleged human rights risks associated with Google’s $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit, but experts warn that such an assessment is outside the enforcer’s competition law remit.

30 November 2020

DOJ requires Intuit to sell Credit Karma’s free tax business

Intuit must divest Credit Karma’s digital do-it-yourself tax business to move forward with its $7.1 billion acquisition of the financial technology company, the Department of Justice has said.

30 November 2020

UK to launch new digital competition regime

The UK government has said it will establish a digital markets unit within the country’s competition authority to enforce new rules for powerful platforms like Google and Facebook.

27 November 2020

Booking.com can be sued where anticompetitive harm occurs, ECJ rules

A German hotel that listed its rooms on Booking.com can bring a standalone abuse of dominance action in the member state it operates in, despite the platform being based in the Netherlands, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

24 November 2020

CMA issues first-ever price parity clauses fine

The UK’s antitrust enforcer has fined one of the country’s biggest price comparison platforms £17.9 million for using most-favoured-nation clauses that banned home insurers from offering lower prices on rival websites.

19 November 2020

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