Topic: Online platforms

EU levels tying allegations, drops collusion probe against Meta

The European Commission has alleged that Meta unlawfully bundled Facebook with its Marketplace feature and imposed unfair conditions on rival online classified advertising services, while dropping a probe into the company’s online advertising agreement with Google.

19 December 2022

Nevo welcomed as FTC chief economist

Aviv Nevo’s appointment as head of the Federal Trade Commission’s economics department could help the agency adjust its precarious record in litigating mergers, although a lack of new legislation could hamper his effectiveness, antitrust experts have said.

19 December 2022

Judge sceptical of Meta’s weakness claims

Meta Platforms does not have the in-house capacity to build a successful virtual reality fitness app, its vice president of VR has testified.

19 December 2022

Judge queries why Within sold to Meta

A federal judge has probed Within Unlimited’s president on why the virtual reality company chose not “stay in the game” as he presides over the Federal Trade Commission’s bid to block its sale to Meta Platforms.

15 December 2022

Draft DMA procedural rules outline streamlined defence rights

The European Commission has published its draft procedural rules governing its enforcement of the Digital Markets Act, largely mirroring existing procedures for traditional competition probes but imposing tougher restrictions on information access and other defence rights.

13 December 2022

Ontario court throws out class action against hotel booking platforms

A provincial court in Ontario has dismissed a proposed class action against Booking, Expedia and several other online hotel booking platforms for allegedly infringing Canada’s competition law by displaying misleading search results, ruling the plaintiffs failed to prove a financial loss.

08 December 2022

Google evades advertising algorithm suit

A California federal court correctly scrapped a stock image provider’s claims that Google illegally monopolised the online search advertising market, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has said.

08 December 2022

Lasserre tasked with competition and data privacy convergence

France’s data regulator has asked the renowned former head of the national antitrust agency to determine how to better align the two areas of enforcement in light of the EU’s upcoming digital regulation.

06 December 2022

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

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