Topic: Online platforms

UK court rejects interim injunction request against Google

A UK court has rejected an interim measures request from a debt management company in a standalone abuse of dominance claim to prevent Google from implementing a policy change on Google Ads for insolvency practitioners.

05 December 2022

Enforcers have undervalued innovation, CMA chief economist says

The UK’s chief competition economist has said antitrust authorities have allowed too many mergers in the tech space because they “undervalue innovation” and have become “paralysed” in the face of uncertainty.

05 December 2022

Bribery case against Meta survives motion to dismiss

A federal California judge has rejected a motion to dismiss claims that several Meta Platforms executives conspired with OnlyFans to blacklist a putative class of adult entertainment performers who shared their content on rival websites.

02 December 2022

Dutch court to ask ECJ if parity clauses are ancillary restraints

A Dutch court overseeing Booking.com’s dispute with dozens of hotels said it plans to ask the European Court of Justice if wide and narrow parity clauses can be exempt from EU competition rules, as well as how to define the relevant market for online travel agencies.

30 November 2022

Meta agrees to stop tying VR headsets with Facebook accounts

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office will continue investigating whether Meta has unlawfully tied its virtual reality products to its social media platform, despite the company deciding to no longer force its Meta Quest headset users to set up a Facebook account.

23 November 2022

CMA targets Apple and Google in cloud gaming and mobile browsers probe

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has opened a market investigation to assess the dominance of Google and Apple over mobile browsers and examine how the latter restricts cloud gaming through its App Store.

22 November 2022

CMA poised to drop school software probe

An education software provider’s commitment to allow schools to prematurely end their exclusive three-year contracts may be sufficient to end the UK competition watchdog’s abuse of dominance investigation, the agency has said.

18 November 2022

EU opens Phase II review into Booking/eTraveli

The European Commission has launched an in-depth probe into Booking’s €1.6 billion purchase of eTraveli after the former refused to offer remedies to fix the authority’s preliminary competition concerns.

17 November 2022

Germany applies new powers to existing Amazon probes

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has extended two of its existing investigations into Amazon under its new Section 19A powers after the enforcer designated the e-commerce giant as having “paramount significance for competition across markets” earlier this year.

15 November 2022

ACCC calls for ex ante regulatory regime for digital platforms

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has called for legally binding codes of conduct to address anticompetitive self-preferencing, tying, exclusivity and data advantages in the digital economy.

11 November 2022

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