Region: India

India clears WhatsApp of anticompetitive tying

India’s competition watchdog has cleared Facebook’s WhatsApp of abusing its dominance by bundling its messaging and payment services.

19 August 2020

Owing to coronavirus, CCI adopts “lenient” approach in admitted cartel cases

Competition authorities around the world have adopted measures to help businesses collaborate throughout the covid-19 pandemic, although they have warned against taking advantage of the health crisis. Khaitan & Co partner Sagardeep Rathi and senior associate Radhika Seth examine two recent decisions by the Competition Commission of India not to issue fines in admitted cartel cases, and what that means for cartel deterrence.

06 August 2020

Trade group urges CCI to block Flipkart’s acquisition of Walmart India

An association of online sellers in India has asked the country’s competition watchdog to block Flipkart’s acquisition of Walmart’s local subsidiary because the deal will cause competitive harm already being investigated as a possible abuse of dominance.

29 July 2020

Indian cartelists escape fines due to coronavirus

India’s competition watchdog has decided not to fine 10 companies that rigged bids to supply equipment to the country’s railways because of the covid-19 pandemic.

14 July 2020

Facebook says Jio Platforms investment is pro-competitive

Facebook has argued that its acquisition of a 9.9% stake in Indian digital services company Jio Platforms will not harm competition in any relevant market.

22 June 2020

India finds SKF, Schaeffler and Tata Steel fixed prices

SKF, Schaeffler Group, Tata Steel and National Engineering Industries have escaped fines despite India’s competition watchdog finding they colluded to fix the prices of automotive bearings.

08 June 2020

Indian tribunal rejects Uber complaint

India’s competition appeals tribunal has dismissed a complaint against Uber and Ola for allegedly operating a hub and spoke conspiracy with drivers, in a decision that the complainant has criticised for being “superficial, rushed, and considerably uninformed”.

01 June 2020

Indian court denies Monsanto’s bid to quash antitrust probe

The Delhi High Court has dismissed an appeal by Monsanto challenging an investigation by India’s competition watchdog into its alleged abuse of dominance in the cotton seeds market.

21 May 2020

India probes Facebook’s WhatsApp

India’s competition watchdog is reportedly investigating allegations that WhatsApp is abusing its dominance by bundling its payment and messaging services.

18 May 2020

Antitrust in the Indian digital market – dawn of a new era?

Much of the competition world has turned its attention in recent years to the digital economy, prompting new questions about market definition, dominance and more. Khaitan & Co partner Sagardeep Rathi and senior associate Swati Bala take a close look at some of the key issues and cases.

20 April 2020

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