Topic: Tying

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

Ninth Circuit provides Qualcomm resounding reversal

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has reversed a lower court’s finding that Qualcomm’s licensing practices violated federal antitrust law.

12 August 2020

China issues two abuse decisions against public utilities

China’s competition watchdog has found that two public gas utilities abused their dominance by forcing real estate developers needing access to natural gas to also purchase construction services.

04 August 2020

Slack slams Microsoft for bundling Teams software

Business communications platform Slack has complained to the European Commission that Microsoft is stifling competition by “force installing” its Teams software on millions of users’ computers.

22 July 2020

South African tribunal issues interim measures in abuse case

The Competition Tribunal of South Africa has imposed interim measures on an information and communications technology company, preventing it from bundling its software with its other services while the country’s antitrust enforcer conducts an abuse of dominance probe.

14 February 2020

Indian enforcement fine overturned for first time by new tribunal

India’s competition tribunal has set aside a €12 million fine on Hyundai for alleged resale price maintenance and unlawful tying, ruling that the country’s competition commission cannot rely purely on the findings of its investigative arm and must conduct its own analysis of evidence.

27 September 2018

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