Region: European Union

EU takes closer look at Google/Fitbit deal

Following weeks of speculation, the European Commission has launched an in-depth review into Google’s $2.1 billion purchase of Fitbit to study if the deal will give Google a data advantage in the online search and display advertising markets.

04 August 2020

Facebook challenges information requests at EU court

Facebook has complained to the EU General Court that the European Commission is requiring it to hand over personal information relating to employees’ health and finances as part of the enforcer’s antitrust investigations into the company.

28 July 2020

EU raises stakes in Google/Fitbit discussions

The European Commission has reportedly asked for more data remedies from Google as it probes the Alphabet subsidiary’s $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit, although the agency’s apparent tougher stance is unlikely to appease the deal’s critics.

24 July 2020

Slack slams Microsoft for bundling Teams software

Business communications platform Slack has complained to the European Commission that Microsoft is stifling competition by “force installing” its Teams software on millions of users’ computers.

22 July 2020

AG Pitruzzella clarifies excessive pricing test for music licensing

Copyright management companies may violate abuse of dominance rules by imposing flat-rate tariffs on music festival organisers wishing to use protected musical works, an advocate general at the EU Court of Justice has said.

16 July 2020

EU targets smart devices in new sector inquiry

The European Commission is examining the consumer “Internet of Things” market, with a particular focus on voice assistants’ role as intermediaries between consumers and their devices.

16 July 2020

General Court annuls Apple state aid ruling

The EU General Court has quashed the European Commission’s decision requiring Ireland to collect €13 billion in allegedly unpaid taxes from Apple because the enforcer failed to prove that Ireland granted the tech company a selective economic advantage.

15 July 2020

Aspen offers excessive-pricing commitments

Aspen has said it will reduce its prices for six cancer drugs in Europe by an average of 73%, as part of a commitment package seeking to end the EU antitrust watchdog’s first excessive-pricing investigation in the pharmaceutical sector.

14 July 2020

EU settles with ethylene price purchasing cartel

The European Commission has fined three chemical companies €260 million for colluding to push down ethylene prices, while a fourth company has escaped a €190 million penalty for blowing the whistle on the cartel.

14 July 2020

Alstom submits commitments to appease EU over Bombardier deal

In an attempt to secure the European Commission’s approval for its takeover of Bombardier's train manufacturing division, Alstom has offered to divest several product ranges and provide competitors with access to some of Bombardier’s on-board systems.

10 July 2020

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