Topic: Digital markets

Microsoft pushes for summer trial in bid to overturn UK Activision Blizzard deal block

Microsoft has urged the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal to grant its application for a summer hearing challenging the national antitrust watchdog’s “outlier” decision to block its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard so as to remove any uncertainty over the deal.

30 May 2023

Kramler: DG Comp will not issue complaint rejection decisions under DMA

Rules forcing the European Commission to issue formal decisions when rejecting third-party complaints were deliberately excluded from the Digital Markets Act so as not to “further burden the enforcement” of the legislation, an EU official has said.

30 May 2023

Meta offers advertising data commitments in UK abuse probe

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has said it intends to accept commitments proposed by Meta that would prevent it using rivals’ advertising data to improve its own products.

26 May 2023

Meta loses appeal against EU information requests

The EU’s General Court has rejected an application by Meta to stop the European Commission gaining access to company documents as part of its probe into the social media giant’s data practices and classified ad service.

24 May 2023

Google moves ahead with billing policy despite CCI probe

Google has argued that it is complying with an order to open up payments on its application store in India and will push ahead with controversial changes despite a pending antitrust probe into the proposals and fierce opposition from developers.

19 May 2023

FTC wants constitutional challenge thrown out

Intercontinental Exchange and Black Knight’s challenge to the constitutionality of the Federal Trade Commission’s internal tribunal is irrelevant to the agency’s challenge in federal court, the latter has said.

18 May 2023

CMA needs EU cooperation agreement, Cardell says

The head of the UK’s antitrust enforcer has called on the government to prioritise a formal cooperation agreement with the European Commission to counter potential divergence on enforcement in digital markets.

16 May 2023

Top CMA brass defend Microsoft/Activision block

The chair of the UK's Competition and Markets Authority has pushed back against a lawmaker’s suggestion that its decision to block Microsoft/Activision Blizzard implies the country is not "open for business".

16 May 2023

EU Microsoft/Activision Blizzard clearance puts UK merger divergence back into spotlight

The European Commission has approved Microsoft’s $68.7 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard subject to cloud gaming licensing commitments, less than three weeks after the UK’s antitrust enforcer blocked the deal.

15 May 2023

DOJ, states go after Google’s internal docs

Google’s intentional destruction of chat messages prevents the company from claiming privilege over its communications to employees about data preservation, the Department of Justice and a coalition of states have claimed.

15 May 2023

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