Topic: Online platforms

Turkey opens four antitrust probes in a week

Turkey’s antitrust watchdog has opened four separate antitrust investigations into six digital platforms and a pasta supplier, as local lawyers suggest the enforcer is bouncing back from the coronavirus pandemic and shifting its focus away from merger control.

10 August 2022

New Zealand to let news companies collectively negotiate with Meta and Google

New Zealand’s competition watchdog has provisionally decided to allow the News Publishers’ Association of New Zealand to collectively negotiate with Meta and Google over the terms and conditions for displaying news content.

10 August 2022

UK tribunal annuls CMA’s first-ever MFN infringement decision

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has overturned the Competition and Markets Authority’s £17.9 million fine against CompareTheMarket, in a judgment that sets aside the agency’s first-ever decision to punish the use of most-favoured-nation clauses.

09 August 2022

Indian tribunal: WhatsApp privacy update was not an abuse of dominance

India’s specialist competition tribunal has held that WhatsApp did not abuse its dominance by introducing a new privacy policy in 2016 since it allowed users to opt-out of sharing their data with its parent company Facebook.

03 August 2022

Overlapping class actions present novel scenario for Portuguese regime

Two recently filed parallel opt-out class actions against Apple and Google that mirror a pair of lawsuits launched against the same companies earlier this year will force Portugal’s specialist competition court to decide for the first time how to handle overlapping claims.

29 July 2022

Russia fines Google €32.6 million over “opaque” YouTube terms

Russia’s competition watchdog has fined Google €32.6 million for abusing its dominance in the market for video hosting services by using “opaque” terms and conditions to arbitrarily suspend and block YouTube accounts.

27 July 2022

Tickets available for GCR Live: Global Merger Control in Brussels

GCR Live: Global Merger Control is returning to Brussels in October, with panels discussing high-profile deals, novel theories of harm both within and outside the technology sector and the role of economics in merger assessment.

26 July 2022

France refines cloud sector inquiry

France’s Competition Authority has proposed honing in on so-called “hyperscaler” technology companies that could use vertical integration or other competitive advantages to boost their positions in the cloud services sector.

20 July 2022

Russia readies antitrust fine against Apple for anti-steering provisions

Russia’s antitrust watchdog plans to hit Apple with a turnover-based fine after concluding that the company’s anti-steering clause in contracts with developers constitutes an abuse of dominance.

20 July 2022

UK tribunal remits Meta/Giphy block back to enforcer

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has agreed to reconsider its decision ordering Meta to unwind its already-completed purchase of Giphy after the country’s specialist competition tribunal found errors in the initial in-depth investigation.

19 July 2022

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