Topic: Online platforms

Meta/Within ruling clarifies potential competition burdens, experts say

The Federal Trade Commission’s failure to block Meta Platforms/Within Unlimited underlines the legal challenges of proving harm to potential competition, but possibly moves the needle in its favour for future cases, experts have said.

07 February 2023

Israeli conglomerate pulls merger notification over antitrust opposition

Lawyers in Israel have warned of a “new approach” to merger control after Fortissimo Capital withdrew its request for clearance to purchase the country’s largest business-to-business platform because the national antitrust enforcer threatened to block the tie-up.

06 February 2023

Complainant accuses Google of failing to comply with CCI remedies

A complainant in the Competition Commission of India’s probe into Google’s Play Store billing practices has accused the technology company of failing to adhere to a suite of remedies the agency imposed in two separate infringement decisions.

06 February 2023

Meta not incentivised to make own fitness app, court finds

The Federal Trade Commission failed to show that Meta Platforms was likely to enter the virtual reality fitness realm absent its acquisition of Within Unlimited, a California federal judge has ruled.

06 February 2023

Turkey opens fifth major Google probe

Turkey’s Competition Authority has launched a full-scale investigation to determine if Google hinders users from accessing websites listed on its search engine’s result page by placing its own features front and centre.

02 February 2023

Crypto class action doomed by fatal conflict of interest, Meta argues

Counsel to Facebook and Google have argued that an Australian court should dismiss a class action alleging they conspired to ban all crypto-related advertising because the class representative also runs the company funding the lawsuit.

02 February 2023

Commerce Department calls for action against app stores

The department responsible for advising the White House on telecommunications policy has urged Congress to pass legislation that would limit Apple’s and Google’s control over their respective app stores.

02 February 2023

UPDATED: CAT president declines to invite CMA to join Meta certification process

The president of the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has decided not to ask the country’s antitrust authority to intervene in the certification proceedings for a £2.3 billion proposed class action against Meta Platforms, although he encouraged the agency to join future private litigation if it “has something to say” in the public interest.

01 February 2023

DC AG pushes to revive Amazon pricing parity suit

A local court in Washington, DC, abused its discretion and contradicted established antitrust law when dismissing allegations that Amazon set an illegal price floor, the District of Columbia’s new attorney general and Open Markets Institute have said.

30 January 2023

CAT questions loss to class in Meta collective action

The president of the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has questioned how claimants in a £2.3 billion class action claim against Meta will prove the company’s alleged illegal exploitation of its users’ data caused monetary loss to the class.

30 January 2023

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