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Poland issues €48.2 million obstruction fine against Gazprom

Poland issues €48.2 million obstruction fine against Gazprom

03 August 2020

Poland’s Office of Competition and Consumer Protection has imposed its highest-ever fine on Gazprom for obstructing its Nord Stream 2 gun-jumping probe, but local competition lawyers expect the company to appeal.

Mexico sanctions medical services cartel

Mexico sanctions medical services cartel

03 August 2020

Mexico’s competition enforcer has fined seven diagnostic equipment makers and 14 employees a reported €23.9 million for rigging bids to provide the country’s national health service with lab studies and blood bank services.

Overshadowed but not overlooked, Apple faces gatekeeper questions

Overshadowed but not overlooked, Apple faces gatekeeper questions

GCR USA - 03 August 2020

Apple may not have attracted as much scrutiny as Amazon, Facebook and Google during last week’s Congressional hearing, but its chief executive was forced to defend the company against allegations it has abused its gatekeeper role to target rival app developers.

There’s a theory of harm for that: The Tipline for 3 August 2020

GCR USA - 03 August 2020

Apple chief executive Tim Cook spent large chunks of Wednesday’s Congressional antitrust hearing watching like the rest of us. A tally from the New York Times found Cook faced at least 24 fewer questions than chief execs from Facebook, Google and Amazon. But there was plenty of love to go around during the almost six-hour hearing as lawmakers questioned the iPhone-maker's 30% commission rate and challenged the App Store’s rules as arbitrary and opaque.

CMA consults on lowering discount for RPM leniency applicants

CMA consults on lowering discount for RPM leniency applicants

31 July 2020

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has proposed that companies that apply for leniency after it has opened a resale price maintenance investigation should only receive a 50% penalty discount.

China mulls probe into WeChat Pay and Alipay

China mulls probe into WeChat Pay and Alipay

31 July 2020

China’s antitrust enforcer is reportedly preparing an investigation into the country’s most widely used mobile payment platforms, following a complaint by the central bank.

Australia unveils pay-for-news law for Facebook and Google

Australia unveils pay-for-news law for Facebook and Google

31 July 2020

Australian news publishers – collectively if they choose – will be able to negotiate with Facebook and Google to receive payment for their content under draft legislation that was published today.

Slovenian enforcer fights back against proposed public interest powers

Slovenian enforcer fights back against proposed public interest powers

31 July 2020

Slovenia’s Competition Protection Agency has criticised the country’s government for proposing new rules that would require the authority to examine media deals on public interest grounds.

Indonesian Supreme Court rejects cattle cartelists’ appeal

Indonesian Supreme Court rejects cattle cartelists’ appeal

31 July 2020

Indonesia’s Supreme Court has rejected a petition to review a 2016 decision by the country’s competition watchdog that punished an expansive cartel in the cattle market.

German report recommends EU digital regulation

German report recommends EU digital regulation

31 July 2020

Germany's Monopolies Commission has recommended that digital platforms should be regulated at an EU level and forced to divest parts of their business if their abusive conduct has lasting effects on market structure.