Topic: Refusal to supply

WhatsApp defends threat to remove covid-19 chatbot

Privacy concerns justify WhatsApp’s threat to ban a South African digital messaging service from using its platform to spread government-issued messages about the coronavirus pandemic, counsel to WhatsApp and Facebook has argued.

18 January 2021

Facebook accused of illegally banning coronavirus messaging service from WhatsApp

An online “chatbot” that uses WhatsApp to send covid-19 updates and test results to South Africans has asked the Competition Tribunal of South Africa for an emergency injunction to stop Facebook kicking it off the platform.

13 January 2021

ProMedica cannot terminate McLaren St Luke’s contracts, judge rules

A divestiture settlement ProMedica reached with the Federal Trade Commission does not permit the health network to terminate insurance contracts with rival McClaren St Luke’s Hospital, an Ohio federal court has ruled.

06 January 2021

Hong Kong launches first abuse case

Hong Kong’s competition enforcer has alleged that Linde abused its “substantial degree of market power” in the medical gases supply market by ceasing or limiting supply to a rival.

04 January 2021

Google lawsuits pile up as 38 state AGs add to DOJ’s claims

A bipartisan group of US states and territories have alleged that Google illegally sought to maintain a monopoly over general search services, expanding upon a similar lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice in October.

18 December 2020

Switzerland fines ice hockey broadcaster

Switzerland’s antitrust watchdog has fined pay-television company UPC Switzerland €27.9 million for abuse of dominance after it refused to share broadcasting rights to live ice hockey games with competitors.

21 October 2020

EU advocate general urges limited use of ‘refusal to access’ framework

The concept of an “implicit refusal to grant access” under EU abuse of dominance rules should be disregarded by competition authorities and courts, an advocate general at the EU Court of Justice has argued in an opinion on the Deutsche Telekom abuse of dominance case.

09 September 2020

Cigar maker challenges decision to throw out jury verdict

Unable to afford the litigation expenses of a second trial, cigar maker Trendsettah has said it intends to immediately appeal against a court’s decision to throw out a $44 million antitrust judgment in favour of the company.

19 August 2020

Ninth Circuit provides Qualcomm resounding reversal

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has reversed a lower court’s finding that Qualcomm’s licensing practices violated federal antitrust law.

12 August 2020

Russia says it will order Apple to stop app store abuse

Russia’s competition watchdog has found that Apple abused its dominance by restricting rival developers of parental control applications and reserving the right to bar third-party apps from its App Store.

11 August 2020

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