Topic: Online platforms

EU aims to create distinct teams to enforce DMA

The European Commission has said it will need at least 150 staff members to enforce the new Digital Markets Act, nearly double the amount it initially anticipated when the law was proposed two years ago.

05 July 2022

EU ends Insurance Ireland probe with data access remedies

The European Commission has accepted Insurance Ireland’s commitments to facilitate greater access to its claims information database, ending a three-year antitrust investigation into the association’s alleged discrimination against non-members.

30 June 2022

Apple and Google hit with twin monopolisation class actions in Australia

Australian consumers have filed parallel class action lawsuits against Apple and Google for allegedly abusing their market power over the purchase of mobile applications and in-app content to charge supracompetitive commission rates.

29 June 2022

CMA yet to fulfil post-Brexit ambitions, says UK lawyer

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is yet to demonstrate its willingness to enforce against cartels since the country left the EU, a UK lawyer has said.

28 June 2022

Google urges denial of consumer class

Google has asked a federal court in California to refuse to certify a class of Android application purchasers because it is unclear if they were actually impacted by its app store commission rates.

28 June 2022

Austria’s highest court denies enforcer’s bid to unwind Meta/Giphy

Austria's Supreme Court has confirmed a lower court’s decision that conditionally cleared Meta’s already-completed €340 million acquisition of Giphy, rejecting the national competition authority’s bid to unwind the deal.

27 June 2022

An interview with Benoît Cœuré

Lawmakers confirmed Benoît Cœuré as the new head of France’s Competition Authority in January, following the sudden and unexpected departure of his predecessor, Isabelle de Silva. In an interview with GCR, Cœuré spoke about accusations of political interference, the need to build bridges with sector regulators and the importance of merger control in preventing excessive market power in digital markets.

24 June 2022

GCR Live: Law Leaders Asia-Pacific returns to Singapore

The heads of competition authorities in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei are set to speak at GCR Live: Law Leaders Asia-Pacific in August.

22 June 2022

Germany probes Google Maps under new competition powers

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has opened its third investigation into Google under its new Section 19A powers, over suspicions that the company harmed competition in the market for online mapping services by imposing unfair restrictions on rivals.

21 June 2022

France accepts Google commitments to end publisher payments case

France’s Competition Authority has closed its probe into Google’s allegedly abusive refusal to fairly compensate publishers after the company offered a comprehensive framework for negotiating payments and gave up its right to appeal against a €500 million penalty.

21 June 2022

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