Topic: Tying

Developer claims Apple monopolised process for signing into apps

Apple has illegally tied its dominance over mobile software to thwart competition for a service that allows users to sign in to multiple accounts with a single username and password, the app developer Blix has said.

22 February 2021

Germany uses new powers to expand Facebook probe

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office is expanding its investigation into Facebook for allegedly tying its virtual reality products to its social media platform, by using new competition powers for the first time that could allow it to prohibit the conduct without establishing abuse of dominance.

28 January 2021

Korean court suspends KFTC abuse decision

The Seoul High Court has suspended a decision by Korea’s competition watchdog finding that naval engineering company Gaztransport & Technigaz illegally tied its technology licences with engineering services for liquified natural gas storage tanks.

19 January 2021

Chile seeks highest-ever abuse of dominance fine

Chile’s antitrust watchdog has asked its internal tribunal to fine a local football broadcaster US$24 million for setting minimum prices and forcing cable providers to tie its television channel to their cable packages.

18 December 2020

Germany launches new Facebook probe

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has opened a new investigation into Facebook to determine whether it has abused its dominance by forcing users of its Oculus virtual reality products to set up an account with its main social media platform.

10 December 2020

Eleventh Circuit questions Delrahim on precedent for reversing Blue Cross immunity

A federal appellate court has questioned the Department of Justice's antitrust chief on what precedent should guide its evaluation of whether Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida should be immune from an antitrust lawsuit brought by a rival insurance company.

23 November 2020

Lloyds caught bundling loans and bank accounts during pandemic

The UK’s competition enforcer has censured Lloyds Banking Group for unlawfully making small business owners open business bank accounts to access a coronavirus-related government loan scheme.

08 September 2020

Mexico probes digital ad market

Mexico’s competition watchdog has launched an abuse of dominance investigation into the digital advertising services market to determine whether market participants are complying with competition rules.

25 August 2020

India clears WhatsApp of anticompetitive tying

India’s competition watchdog has cleared Facebook’s WhatsApp of abusing its dominance by bundling its messaging and payment services.

19 August 2020

Fortnite launches battle royale against Apple and Google

Epic Games has filed a pair of lawsuits accusing Apple and Google of illegally maintaining monopolies over the distribution of apps and app payments on their respective mobile platforms.

17 August 2020

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