Region: United Kingdom

Ofcom urged to probe telecoms providers for abusive overcharge

An economic consultancy has urged the UK’s telecommunications regulator to open an excessive pricing probe into three telecoms providers after the companies apparently overcharged landline customers by nearly £200 million.

19 April 2023

Google offers alternative payment options on Play Store in CMA abuse probe

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is poised to accept behavioural commitments from Google that will allow application developers to use alternative payment systems on the Play Store, as the technology company seeks to end an abuse of dominance probe.

19 April 2023

DMU head outlines competition risks of privacy-enhancing technologies

The head of the UK’s Digital Markets Unit has warned that “privacy-enhancing technologies” could be used to entrench market power, limit data access and hide anticompetitive collusion.

19 April 2023

Freshfields expands partnership in London

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has promoted competition lawyers Rikki Haria and Jenny Leahy to partner in London.

17 April 2023

UK plans hefty cohort to enforce incoming digital rules

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is expecting to deploy at least 200 staff on the country’s highly-anticipated digital markets regime, which should go before lawmakers in “the next week or two”, an agency official has said.

17 April 2023

CAT allows appeal against costs cap in first subsidy challenge

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal will allow Durham County Council to challenge its costs cap in the first-ever subsidy challenge under the country’s new regime, but warned the appeal does not have “a real prospect of success”.

12 April 2023

CAT eyes possibility of combined ro-ro damages trial in “novel” case management ruling

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has signalled its intent to combine two separate damages claims against the global roll-on, roll-off shipping cartel but acknowledged it cannot make such an order now as both lawsuits are still in the early stages.

11 April 2023

Meat inspection provider offers to unwind UK merger

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is poised to accept a specialised vet company’s proposal to unwind its already-completed acquisition of a smaller rival, after the enforcer warned the deal would limit competition for providing meat inspections and export controls.

11 April 2023

Interdigital and UKIPO consultation highlight that UK is still key

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Two very different developments – the High Court’s decision in Interdigital v Lenovo and a targeted request for feedback – make clear that the United Kingdom is still a crucial jurisdiction for those on both sides of the SEP debate.

11 April 2023

CMA adds BBC to first labour markets probe

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has expanded its first investigation into labour markets to include the British Broadcasting Corporation and a sports broadcasting rival, as it now probes whether six companies colluded over wages paid to freelancers.

06 April 2023

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