Region: Australia

ACCC launches Apple Pay probe

Australia’s antitrust enforcer is examining whether Apple is unlawfully requiring bank cards to be stored on the iPhone’s digital wallet as a stipulation for using Apple Pay.

20 September 2021

ACCC scrutinises three-to-two anti-plagiarism merger

Australia’s competition watchdog has warned that Turnitin’s acquisition of rival plagiarism detection software provider Ouriginal could potentially eliminate a nascent competitor in the already highly-concentrated market.

10 September 2021

Australian bathroom brand confesses to resale price maintenance

Australia’s antitrust enforcer has accepted commitments from a bathroom manufacturer after the company admitted it pressured one of its retailers to adhere to its own prices.

09 September 2021

The Asia-Pacific Round-up (3 September 2021)

News in brief from the Asia-Pacific region… China’s competition watchdog continues to keep its homegrown technology companies over the fire, with Meituan and the broader sharing economy the latest target. Meanwhile, Epic Games and Apple have a trial date in Australia, although everyone will have to wait until late November 2022.

02 September 2021

ACCC boss ignites debate on comprehensive merger control reform

The head of Australia’s competition watchdog has called for a major revamp of the country’s merger control regime, introducing mandatory filings and special rules for technology giants.

27 August 2021

The Asia-Pacific Round-up (20 August 2021)

News in brief from the Asia-Pacific region… China’s antitrust authority has published guidance listing a wide array of conduct that it considers unfair competition. Some of the prohibitions mirror traditional antitrust issues, while some would fall under consumer provisions in other jurisdictions. Over in Australia, competition tsar Rod Sims has seemingly supported the UK’s position on the completed Facebook/Giphy tie-up.

19 August 2021

Sims weighs regulating Google and Apple to curb app store dominance

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chair Rod Sims has bemoaned the speed of antitrust enforcement and warned regulation might be needed to restrain the market power that Google and Apple enjoy in application marketplaces.

19 August 2021

Prosecutor trims “defective” indictment in landmark Australian cartel case

Australia’s public prosecutor has cut down a cartel indictment lodged against ANZ, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and several of their employees in response to a judge’s criticism of the initial charges as “defective”.

18 August 2021

Australian prosecutor abandons first criminal case against a trade union

A major Australian trade union has urged the head of the country’s competition watchdog to quit after the public prosecutor dropped price-fixing charges against the organisation because witnesses found it difficult to remember details of the alleged conduct.

17 August 2021

The Asia-Pacific Round-up (13 August 2021)

News in brief from the Asia-Pacific region… Korea’s Fair Trade Commission is nearing the end of a long probe into Google, while it is also looking into the local bar association after a complaint about potential restrictions on its members. In Australia, the competition agency has extended certain protections for banks to collaborate as large parts of the country endure yet another round of intense lockdowns.

12 August 2021

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