Topic: Online platforms

Kathleen Foote: the exit interview

Kathleen Foote recently stepped down after two decades as California’s top antitrust enforcer. In a conversation with GCR USA, she discussed highlights of her 35-plus years of service for the Golden State – in which she helped cement the independence of state attorneys general and develop the Cartwright Act – and busted some misconceptions about state enforcement.

12 January 2023

EU official seeks to quell concerns about DMA implementation

The European Commission will issue a new regulation governing the implementation of the Digital Markets Act “in good time” before the rules kick in this May, an official has said ahead of the agency’s new directorate launching next week.

11 January 2023

Big Tech pushes back on suggested Indian digital competition bill

An industry association that represents many of the world’s largest technology companies has slammed a proposal for a digital competition law in India as “prescriptive, absolutist and regressive in nature”.

10 January 2023

Korea to tighten scrutiny of digital economy

The Korean government has outlined a nine-step plan for improving competition in digital markets, including curbing abuses of dominance and the “reckless expansion” of large platforms.

06 January 2023

Indian tribunal rejects Google’s request to stay Android decision

India’s specialist competition tribunal has denied Google’s request to suspend the national antitrust enforcer’s decision to fine the company €152.8 million and impose behavioural remedies for abusing its dominance over the Android mobile ecosystem.

04 January 2023

Meta/Within survey critiques are a “smokescreen”, FTC says

Meta Platforms and Within Unlimited are attempting to overshadow the Federal Trade Commission’s well-supported evidence by attacking a survey from its hired economic expert, the agency has said.

04 January 2023

Poland hits Allegro with €44 million self-preferencing fine

Poland’s competition enforcer has fined the country’s largest online shopping platform €43.9 million for abusing its dominance by favouring products sold on its own online store to the detriment of independent third-party sellers.

03 January 2023

Senate omnibus spending package includes extra funding for agencies

The US Senate has advanced a spending bill that would increase merger filing fees, prevent the transferring of lawsuits brought by state attorneys general and increase funding for the US antitrust agencies.

21 December 2022

Microsoft/Activision could suppress workers’ wages, lawsuit alleges

Microsoft’s proposed $68.7 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard will harm competition in more than just the high-end gaming console market and could depress wages for “top talent” in the industry, a group of video game purchasers has said.

21 December 2022

EU accepts revised commitments to end Amazon probes

The European Commission has closed a pair of abuse of dominance investigations into Amazon after approving a revised commitment package that includes making a second competing Buy Box more visible on its e-commerce platform.

20 December 2022

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