Topic: Online platforms

Google loses appeal against €102 million Italian interoperability fine

An Italian administrative court has confirmed the national antitrust watchdog’s €102.1 million fine to Google for hindering an energy solutions provider’s ability to compete in the smart car market.

18 July 2022

CAT certifies class action against Google

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has certified the country’s seventh opt-out collective action, allowing a claim for £920 million to proceed against Google for allegedly charging app makers “excessive and unfair” fees in order to reap “massive” profits.

18 July 2022

Italian enforcer probes Google over data portability

The Italian Competition Authority is investigating whether Google unlawfully restricted users’ right to data portability and limited the ability of other businesses to develop innovative data-based services.

15 July 2022

Amazon proposes data collection cutbacks to end EU abuse probes

Amazon’s promise to make significant changes to its European business model could allow the European Commission to “test the effectiveness” of the Digital Markets Act before the rules come into effect, local lawyers have said.

14 July 2022

DMA obligations influenced by unresolved tech cases, Whish says

The list of obligations imposed on designated gatekeepers under the EU’s Digital Markets Act has clearly been influenced by the European Commission’s “embryonic” abuse of dominance cases despite those theories of harm currently going unconfirmed, a leading antitrust expert has said.

13 July 2022

Caffarra partners with Keystone Strategy in Europe

Cristina Caffarra has stepped down as a senior consultant at Charles River Associates to steer Keystone Strategy’s new digital markets-focused European competition economics practice.

07 July 2022

CMA joins EU in probing Amazon’s data collection practices

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has opened an abuse of dominance investigation into Amazon’s use of merchant data and the criteria for sellers to appear in its Buy Box feature, in a case that mirrors the European Commission’s two ongoing probes into the tech company.

06 July 2022

EU targets Delivery Hero and Glovo in online food delivery raids

The European Commission has raided the offices of Delivery Hero and Glovo in Germany and Spain on suspicion that they colluded to share the market for food and grocery delivery services.

06 July 2022

Amazon mulls challenge to heightened scrutiny in Germany

Amazon has said it is considering appealing against the German competition authority’s decision to designate it as having “paramount significance for competition across markets”, which subjects the company to stricter antitrust regulations.

06 July 2022

German policy adviser supports break-up orders absent antitrust infringement

Germany’s Monopolies Commission has supported proposals to empower the country’s competition authority to break up companies without first finding an infringement of competition law.

05 July 2022

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