First DMA gatekeeper notifications filed but more likely to follow

Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, ByteDance, Meta, Microsoft and Samsung have notified the European Commission about their potential gatekeeper status under the EU’s Digital Market Act, while is expected to notify the agency at the end of the year.

04 July 2023

CAT opts for separate carriage and certification hearing despite Amazon concerns

Two parallel class actions claiming Amazon overcharged UK customers that used its “Buy Box” feature will need to resolve their carriage dispute before one of them can be certified, the president of the Competition Appeal Tribunal has ruled.

28 June 2023

Google and progressives encourage FTC action against top cloud providers

Google and multiple antitrust advocacy groups are urging the Federal Trade Commission to police conduct they say inhibits competition for cloud computing services.

27 June 2023

Second Amazon “Buy Box” class action filed at CAT

Amazon will have to fight off another proposed class action claim before the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal, after a consumer advocate filed a £1 billion damages action accusing the company of breaching abuse of dominance rules by unfairly promoting its own products.

22 June 2023

CMA clears Amazon/iRobot after Phase I probe

Competition lawyers have said the UK Competition and Markets Authority’s decision to unconditionally clear Amazon’s $1.7 billion acquisition of iRobot is a “useful riposte” to allegations its merger policy stifles growth following Microsoft/Activision Blizzard.

16 June 2023

AG Kokott calls on ECJ to annul Amazon state aid decision

An EU advocate general has backed the General Court’s decision to overturn an order from the European Commission for Luxembourg to recover €250 million in alleged illegal state aid from Amazon, in another blow to one of Margrethe Vestager’s flagship policies.

08 June 2023

Amazon secures interim relief in Indian gun-jumping appeal

India’s top court has temporarily stayed a record gun-jumping penalty imposed on Amazon for making false statements about its purchase of a 49% stake in Future Coupons.

10 May 2023

ECJ rejects Amazon’s appeal against Buy Box probe carve-out

The EU’s highest court has rejected an appeal by Amazon challenging the European Commission’s decision to limit the territorial scope of its “Buy Box” investigation, confirming the agency did not violate rules restricting parallel proceedings by national enforcers.

20 April 2023

Amazon misled enforcers about pricing parity policy, California says

Amazon still forces third-party sellers to offer their products at the lowest price on its platform and the company recognises this policy leads to higher prices, the state of California has said in newly-unredacted claims.

18 April 2023

UK regulator may suggest CMA cloud sector probe into Amazon, Microsoft and Google

The UK’s Office of Communication has signalled an intent to refer its cloud services study to the country’s competition authority to conduct a more in-depth probe that could result in price caps on data transfers and interoperability requirements.

05 April 2023

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