Topic: Online platforms

French court upholds Google interim measures

A court in France has affirmed the national competition enforcer’s decision to impose interim measures on Google that force it to negotiate payment to news publishers, after finding that the search engine is essential for the survival of the press sector.

08 October 2020

Korean platform fined for search manipulation

Korea’s competition watchdog has penalised digital platform Naver nearly €20 million for manipulating search results in the online shopping and video sectors by displaying its own products at the top.

06 October 2020

Grab fine annulled in Indonesia

An Indonesian court has quashed the national competition enforcer’s decision to levy a 30 billion rupiah (€1.8 million) fine on Grab for illegally prioritising drivers that worked with its local business partner – but the authority has already vowed to appeal.

02 October 2020

Antitrust law reform receives support from some Republicans

Two Republicans on the House of Representatives’ antitrust subcommittee have backed potential changes to strengthen US competition laws.

02 October 2020

Korea set to regulate online platforms

Korea’s antitrust watchdog intends to double the fines it can impose on digital platforms for unfair trading practices as well as require tech companies to enter into written contracts with smaller businesses.

30 September 2020

California judge zeroes in on Epic Games’ alleged market in Apple case

A federal judge on Monday criticised Epic Games’ alleged relevant market definition in its antitrust lawsuit against Apple and questioned whether the game developer’s case would be able to address the potential lack of competition for iPhone apps.

29 September 2020

Exclusive: An interview with John Penrose

The UK government announced on 14 September that John Penrose MP will lead a review of the country’s competition policy, as it prepares to leave the European Union and tackle the economic shock brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Penrose spoke to Emily Craig about updating the UK’s “analogue era” competition rules, whether the report will recommend changes to the consumer welfare standard and how to address the challenges of the digital economy.

25 September 2020

Russia sends second warning to Booking.com

Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service has given Booking.com one month to remove narrow most-favoured-nation clauses from its contracts with domestic accommodation providers.

22 September 2020

Not all digital businesses should be treated the same, Booking.com lawyer says

Proposed new EU rules to regulate digital platforms must ensure that distinct business models in the online economy are differentiated, the chief legal officer at Booking.com has said.

21 September 2020

Judge dismisses hiQ antitrust claims, but gives time to amend

LinkedIn has successfully moved to dismiss antitrust claims made by data analytics firm hiQ Labs in the long-running scraping litigation between the two parties – but the business networking site must still face claims that it intentionally interfered with contracts hiQ had with clients.

15 September 2020

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