Topic: Digital markets

Apple accused of excessive “creator tax” in fresh UK class action

A competition expert has filed another class action alleging that Apple abused its dominance by charging developers an “excessive” 30% commission fee before the UK's Competition Appeal Tribunal.

25 July 2023

Microsoft/Activision have ‘realistic chance’ of resolving competition concerns, CMA says

There is a “realistic chance” of a more certain outcome that resolves competition concerns in Microsoft/Activision, the UK’s competition watchdog has said.

24 July 2023

Microsoft faces new Teams bundling complaint

A second company has accused Microsoft of unfairly bundling its Teams product into Office software, joining Slack in filing an antitrust complaint with the European Commission over the allegedly abusive practice.

20 July 2023

Google urges South African tribunal to reject interim measures request

Google has warned South Africa’s Competition Tribunal that an interim measures request from a gambling business to restore access to the former’s advertising services would result in the technology company violating betting regulations.

19 July 2023

Microsoft/Activision extend merger deadline

Microsoft and Activision have postponed the deadline for completing their $68.7 billion merger by three months.

19 July 2023

Vestager defends decision to appoint Scott Morton before EU Parliament

There is no indication that the European Commission’s new chief competition economist Fiona Scott Morton will be conflicted when working on key EU regulation and the suggestion that she cannot work on tech cases is “simply not true”, Margrethe Vestager has said.

18 July 2023

Spain fines Apple and Amazon €194 million for marketplace restrictions

Apple has been hit with what appears to be the Spanish competition authority’s largest-ever individual fine for allegedly agreeing with Amazon to remove third-party resellers from the latter’s online marketplace.

18 July 2023

CAT conditionally stays Microsoft/Activision deal block challenge

The UK’s specialist competition tribunal has agreed to pause Microsoft’s appeal against the decision blocking its acquisition of Activision Blizzard after the merging parties revealed their plans to file a restructured deal to the country’s antitrust authority.

17 July 2023

EU debate over US chief economist grows

The appointment of US national Fiona Scott Morton to the EU’s chief competition economist position has sparked political backlash in the bloc over her nationality and past links to large technology companies.

17 July 2023

Microsoft/Activision saga: CMA open to “restructured” deal

Microsoft has been given a route to fight the UK block of its planned $69 billion acquisition of Activision after the Competition and Markets Authority yesterday said it will consider a “restructured” version of the deal.

13 July 2023

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