Topic: Online platforms

WATCH: GCR Connect: Antitrust in the Digital Economy

GCR Connect: Antitrust in the Digital Economy took place from 15 to 17 June. Full recordings of all three days are now available to watch.

23 July 2021

ACCC turns attention to Amazon, eBay and others

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has launched an inquiry into online marketplaces such as eBay, Amazon, Kogan and Catch.com.au as part of its examination of digital platform services.

22 July 2021

New Zealand’s enforcer goes after Google Ads agreements

New Zealand’s antitrust authority is seeking a declaration from the High Court that a consumer loan company violated the country’s anti-cartel rules by allegedly agreeing with rivals not to appear in each other’s Google search results.

21 July 2021

FCA study contradicts CMA price parity decision, CompareTheMarket says

A market study by the UK’s financial services regulator undermines the theory of harm relied on by the country’s antitrust enforcer when it fined CompareTheMarket for using apparently anticompetitive price parity clauses, the company has told the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal.

20 July 2021

Facebook seeks Khan’s recusal from FTC lawsuit

Facebook has petitioned to have Federal Trade Commission chair Lina Khan recused from any decision regarding the agency’s pending antitrust litigation against the social network.

15 July 2021

Amazon accused of price gouging during pandemic

A trade union has filed an antitrust complaint against Amazon in the UK alleging that the platform operator abused its dominance by excessively raising the price of essential items during the coronavirus pandemic.

13 July 2021

France fines Google for breaching multiple injunctions

France’s Competition Authority has fined Google €500 million for breaching interim measures related to its negotiations with news publishers to determine an acceptable fee for displaying content in its search results.

13 July 2021

Apple secures dismissal of developer’s tying suit

An email application developer has failed to show that Apple illegally tied its mobile operating system to its service that allows users to sign in to multiple accounts with a single username and password, a Delaware federal court has said.

13 July 2021

EU unveils revised VBER

The European Commission has published its draft updated vertical block exemption regulation and related guidelines after almost three years of consultation and review.

09 July 2021

Epic wins appeal in Australia, can restart case against Apple

An appellate court in Australia has sided with Epic Games and lifted a stay on the developer’s lawsuit accusing Apple of illegally maintaining its monopoly over the distribution of apps and in-app payments on its mobile platform.

09 July 2021

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