Topic: Online platforms

AI is “really frightening”, Mundt says

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office will soon open a case tackling the issue of artificial intelligence, Andreas Mundt has predicted, while warning that its development will only further entrench the dominance of the world’s most powerful technology companies.

30 March 2023

Spain launches Google news publishing probe

Spain’s antitrust watchdog has opened an investigation into Google for allegedly abusing its dominance by imposing unfair commercial conditions on domestic publishers and news agencies that aim to exploit the use of their copyrighted content.

29 March 2023

“First aid kit” not needed to make DMA and Section 19A compatible, says Mundt

Andreas Mundt has dismissed claims that the EU Digital Markets Act has problematic overlaps with Germany’s new competition rules for digital gatekeepers, reiterating that the Federal Cartel Office will “respect” the bloc’s wider regime.

29 March 2023

Germany targets Microsoft under Section 19A

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has started investigating if Microsoft’s “continuously” expanding ecosystem gives the company “paramount significance for competition across markets”.

28 March 2023

CAT awards Meta costs but £2.2 billion class action to continue

The UK’s Competition Appeals Tribunal has ordered Liza Lovdahl Gormsen to reimburse Meta £650,000 in costs that it “pointlessly incurred” when responding to her failed certification bid, as the claimant gears up for a second attempt at proceeding with her £2.2 billion class action against the company.

28 March 2023

Amazon loses second bid to dismiss consumers’ pricing parity lawsuit

A Washington federal judge has again refused to throw out consumers’ allegations that Amazon monopolised the e-commerce retail market and restrained third-party sellers from offering lower prices elsewhere.

28 March 2023

DMU head previews divergence between UK and EU digital regulation

The “participative approach” of the UK’s forthcoming digital markets legislation will give third parties a say in creating tailored obligations and designing remedies, the director of the country’s Digital Markets Unit has said.

24 March 2023

CCI to establish digital unit

The Competition Commission of India is reportedly “establishing and operationalising” a digital markets unit to help police large technology companies.

24 March 2023

DG Comp official confirms likelihood of private DMA enforcement

Some provisions of the EU’s Digital Markets Act will be directly enforceable in national courts both in standalone and follow-on claims, although future litigation will clarify the scope of that private enforcement, a European Commission official has said.

22 March 2023

Digital platforms must ensure DMA compliance protects Korean consumers, says KFTC boss

Large technology companies must ensure they do not discriminate against Korean consumers when implementing measures to comply with the EU’s Digital Market Act, the chair of the country’s antitrust watchdog has said.

21 March 2023

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