Region: Israel

Punishing competition

When a country misbehaves in the eyes of others, it may find itself on the receiving end of sanctions. Charles McConnell explores how this punishment for political actions can affect economic concentration and competition

01 April 2018

Telecoms provider fined for abuse of dominance in Israel

Israel’s largest telecommunications operator and former incumbent must pay 30.95 million shekels (€7.25 million) for abusing its dominant position, the country’s competition watchdog said yesterday.

08 March 2018

Facebook/WhatsApp class action teed up in Israel

Lawyers in Israel have asked a domestic court to approve the filing of a three-billion-shekel (€714 million) class action against Facebook, accusing the social media company of abusing its dominant position by breaching privacy rules and commitments not to use data from WhatsApp.

29 January 2018

Israel grounds airline deal

Israel’s Antitrust Authority has blocked a three-to-two merger between Israel’s largest airline El Al and smaller rival Israir, citing concerns the merger would harm competition on certain domestic routes and in the provision of aviation security services.

12 January 2018

Google and Facebook to be examined in Israel

Prompted by a parliamentary committee, the head of Israel’s Antitrust Authority has said that the enforcer will look at whether companies including Google and Facebook have violated the country’s antitrust law.

09 January 2018

Stick to consumer welfare, ABA tells Israel

The Israeli competition enforcer’s proposed addition of lowering the cost of living as an enforcement goal could clash with its ability to effectively protect consumer welfare, the American Bar Association has said.

08 January 2018

Israeli advertiser accuses Google of abuse

A digital advertising company has complained to Israel’s Antitrust Authority that Google allegedly abuses its dominant position in the sale of advertising space by favouring its own ad service over rivals.

12 December 2017

Israel fines dairy producer €6 million

Israel’s competition enforcer has issued a draft consent decree intended to ease the way for consumers to bring damages actions against Tnuva, after the milk and dairy food processor admitted facilitating agreements with supermarket chains to increase the retail price of its products.

25 October 2017

Israel considers creating class action court

Israel's Antitrust Authority and the country's justice ministry may nominate a Jerusalem court to handle all antitrust class action lawsuits.

18 September 2017

Israel plans to redefine monopolies and lift cap on penalties

Israel's Ministry of Economy and Industry is expected to propose antitrust legislation that will redefine monopolies and lift the 24 million shekels (€5.6 million) cap on penalties, according to local media reports and lawyers speaking to GCR.

11 September 2017

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