Region: India

US braces for antitrust changes – should digital India worry?

On 9 July 2021, the Joe Biden administration in the US passed an “Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy” proposing sweeping changes aimed at causing a fundamental shift in US antitrust policy. Khaitan & Co partner Sagardeep Rathi and associates Soham Banerjee and Nilav Banerjee examined what the executive order could mean for India.

01 September 2021

India issues second-ever RPM fine

India’s competition authority has fined Maruti Suzuki nearly €23 million for imposing a maximum discount policy on its dealers and using anonymous shopping agencies to monitor their sales.

24 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

Top Indian court blesses Amazon, Flipkart probe

India’s Supreme Court has allowed the Competition Commission of India to proceed with a high-profile antitrust probe into Flipkart and Amazon after rejecting the retailers’ allegations that the investigation is unlawful.

09 August 2021

Amazon and Flipkart lose appeal against CCI probe

The Karnataka High Court has dealt another blow to Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart by dismissing their appeals against an earlier ruling that allowed India’s competition authority to resume an investigation into their alleged anticompetitive conduct.

26 July 2021

The Asia-Pacific Round-up (23 July 2021)

News in brief from the Asia-Pacific region… Flipkart continues to fight against an Indian antitrust probe, having asked a court to treat it differently from rival Amazon. Meanwhile, Singapore has tweaked its penalty guidelines and the Philippines has set up a task force to look at abuse of dominance in the market for housing complexes.

22 July 2021

CCI accuses Amazon of concealing facts in merger review

The Competition Commission of India has sent a show cause notice to Amazon, reportedly accusing the company of concealing facts and making false submissions when it sought approval for a 49% stake in retailer Future Coupons.

22 July 2021

The Asia-Pacific Round-up (16 July 2021)

News in brief from the Asia-Pacific region… As each week goes by, there are near constant developments in China’s “Big Tech Crackdown”, which has touched nearly every major technology company in the country. China’s competition watchdog has kept Tencent in its sights for some time, but recently took its most significant decision against the homegrown technology company – blocking outright a planned merger.

15 July 2021

CCI dismisses predatory pricing case against Uber

The Competition Commission of India has dismissed a six-year-old complaint accusing Uber of abusing its dominance by pricing its services below-cost and entering into exclusivity agreements with its drivers.

15 July 2021

Google faces probe in India over alleged smart TV dominance

The Competition Commission of India has ordered a full investigation into Google after making a preliminary finding that the company abused its dominance in the market for smart television operating systems.

23 June 2021

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