Topic: Tying

New York accuses CVS of illegal tying

CVS illegally required hospitals seeking federal rebates on prescriptions to use its administrative service so they could access its retail pharmacies, the state of New York has said.

29 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

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

Seventh Circuit rejects radiologist’s tying claim

Allegations that the American Board of Radiology illegally tied together its certifications with an annual programme to maintain them are not plausibly supported, a federal appellate court has ruled in affirming a lower court’s dismissal of the case.

30 June 2022

China fines water monopolies

China’s competition watchdog has fined a pair of local water supply monopolies in Shaoxing city close to €4.8 million for abusing their dominance through unlawful exclusivity and tying provisions.

13 June 2022

UK intensifies Google scrutiny with new adtech probe

The UK’s antitrust watchdog is investigating whether Google unlawfully tied and self-preferenced its services in different parts of the digital advertising technology sector, adding to similar probes by EU, US and French competition enforcers.

26 May 2022

Microsoft amends cloud licensing practices to quell EU complaints

Microsoft has proactively sought to dodge the antitrust scrutiny befalling its Big Tech rivals by changing its European cloud computing business to avoid a formal probe after rivals lodged complaints to the EU.

19 May 2022

Delivery Hero proposes behavioural remedies in Greece

Delivery Hero has promised Greece’s Competition Commission that it will not tie its online delivery service with a restaurant reservation offering it will acquire as part of a deal to buy four companies in the grocery retail and restaurant markets.

11 April 2022

EU’s internet of things study pinpoints concerns

The European Commission’s smart device sector inquiry has confirmed its preliminary concerns about potential barriers to entry and tying practises in the market for voice assistants, as well as a lack of interoperability across the wider sector.

20 January 2022

Plaintiffs accuse Sutter of trying to take advantage of pandemic in trial scheduling dispute

Plaintiffs alleging Sutter Health abused its monopoly power in Northern California claim the hospital system is attempting to use the covid-19 pandemic and class counsel’s health issues to gain a tactical advantage.

13 January 2022

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