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Japanese enforcer reverses Qualcomm decision

Japanese enforcer reverses Qualcomm decision

19 March 2019

Japan’s antitrust watchdog has revoked a cease-and-desist order against US chipmaker Qualcomm, nearly a decade after it found that the company failed to comply with an obligation to license its patents on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms.

Spotify’s “misleading rhetoric” does not show antitrust violation, Apple says

Spotify’s “misleading rhetoric” does not show antitrust violation, Apple says

18 March 2019

Apple has fought back against Spotify’s abuse of dominance complaint, claiming that the music streaming company simply “wants all the benefits of a free app without being free”.

Lithuania set to pay whistleblowers

Lithuania set to pay whistleblowers

18 March 2019

Lawmakers in Lithuania have approved new powers for the competition authority, which would allow it to financially reward whistleblowers, impose penalties for procedural breaches and demand structural remedies from companies that commit antitrust infringements.

Glencore confirms India raids

Glencore confirms India raids

18 March 2019

India’s competition authority has raided three commodities trading companies, two years after the country’s Ministry of Finance reportedly found that they had colluded to artificially inflate dal prices in the midst of a drought.

US alleges bidding scheme against government auctions

US alleges bidding scheme against government auctions

18 March 2019

The US Department of Justice’s antitrust division has charged a Texas resident with conspiring to restrain trade by coordinating bids for computers sold by the government’s General Services Administration.

New ASEAN agencies expect to start enforcement soon

New ASEAN agencies expect to start enforcement soon

18 March 2019

Senior officials at competition authorities in Vietnam, Brunei and Myanmar have said their agencies are building capacity, issuing guidelines and preparing to bring cases.

Spanish Supreme Court annuls authority dawn raid

Spanish Supreme Court annuls authority dawn raid

15 March 2019

The scope of a dawn raid order that Spain’s antitrust enforcer used to obtain documents was too broad, the country’s Supreme Court has ruled in annulling an infringement decision.

Belgium looks to ease claims of antitrust abuse

Belgium looks to ease claims of antitrust abuse

15 March 2019

Companies operating in Belgium would be able to allege abuse of dominance based on the principle of economic dependence even if the accused company doesn’t hold a dominant market position, under legislation that the country’s parliament appears to be set to back next week.

Japan considers how to address digital economy

Japan considers how to address digital economy

15 March 2019

The digital economy is a priority for Japan’s Fair Trade Commission, a senior official said last week, as the agency considers how existing laws can address issues raised by online markets.

Top enforcers call for global response to dominance in digital markets

15 March 2019

Competition agency heads in South Africa, Korea and the UK have called for a worldwide solution to the substantial market power of some internet companies – but how that might work remains unclear.