Topic: Online platforms

EU targets Google’s advertising practices

The European Commission has launched an in-depth investigation into whether Google anticompetitively favours its own services in the digital advertising sector.

22 June 2021

FCO probes Apple under new competition powers

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has launched an investigation into Apple to examine whether its ecosystem gives it “paramount significance” for competition in digital markets.

21 June 2021

UK court sides with Google in Kelkoo disclosure dispute

A UK court has ruled that Google does not have to risk exposing business secrets by explaining each claim of confidentiality that it makes when disclosing information in a comparison shopping service’s standalone damages claim against it.

21 June 2021

Guersent and Marsden debate DMA procedures

The director-general of the EU’s competition authority has rejected suggestions from a co-author of the Furman Review to improve the “institutional structure” of the Digital Markets Act.

18 June 2021

Digital economy to remain a priority for China

A top official at China’s antitrust authority has said that strong competition policy is necessary to develop the digital economy for the benefit of consumers, suggesting that enforcement in the sector will remain a key priority for the agency.

17 June 2021

German antitrust adviser “sceptical” of Digital Markets Act

A European Commission official has defended the EU’s proposed gatekeeper regulation against a German antitrust adviser’s allegations that the new rules are merely an attempt to patch over gaps in competition law enforcement.

15 June 2021

UK enforcer examines Apple and Google mobile ecosystems

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has launched a market study into Apple’s and Google’s mobile ecosystems, citing concerns that their market power may be stifling competition across a range of digital markets.

15 June 2021

CCI clear to probe Amazon and Flipkart after favourable court ruling

An Indian court has dismissed appeals brought by Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart seeking to escape an investigation ordered by the country’s competition watchdog into alleged anticompetitive practices.

15 June 2021

Baker Botts snags former DOJ chief of staff

Taylor Owings, the former chief of staff at the Department of Justice’s antitrust division, has joined Baker Botts’ antitrust team in Washington, DC, as a partner.

15 June 2021

CMA economist clashes with Facebook official over digital regulation

The UK’s chief competition economist has rejected an assertion from a Facebook official that proposed regulation of digital platforms in Europe could decrease consumer welfare.

14 June 2021

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