Work Area: Unilateral Conduct

Australian airline escalates antitrust dispute with Qantas

Counsel to a regional Australian airline has said it is likely to launch private enforcement action against Qantas for alleged “predatory and anticompetitive behaviour”.

04 August 2021

France revises penalty guidance

France’s Competition Authority has updated its fining notice after 10 years, which clarifies changes introduced by the ECN+ Directive as well as expanding how it calculates the seriousness of infringing conduct.

30 July 2021

Google faces £920 million UK class action over app store rules

Plaintiff law firm Hausfeld is spearheading a proposed class action against Google that seeks almost £1 billion on behalf of 19.5 million UK consumers that allegedly overpaid for in-app content as a result of the company’s application store restrictions.

29 July 2021

UK tribunal dismisses standalone abuse claim against Coca Cola bottler

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has thrown out a standalone damages claim brought by a drinks wholesaler against Coca Cola’s European bottler, emphasising that a breach of competition law is a “very serious allegation” that needs “proper and careful pleading”.

27 July 2021

Amazon and Flipkart lose appeal against CCI probe

The Karnataka High Court has dealt another blow to Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart by dismissing their appeals against an earlier ruling that allowed India’s competition authority to resume an investigation into their alleged anticompetitive conduct.

26 July 2021

Epic uninterested in combining Apple and Google cases in Australia

Counsel to Epic Games has said its monopolisation lawsuits against Apple and Google only overlap in a limited way so the judge overseeing both cases should keep them separate.

23 July 2021

New Zealand’s enforcer goes after Google Ads agreements

New Zealand’s antitrust authority is seeking a declaration from the High Court that a consumer loan company violated the country’s anti-cartel rules by allegedly agreeing with rivals not to appear in each other’s Google search results.

21 July 2021

Dutch enforcer issues first excessive pricing fine

The Dutch competition authority has fined Leadiant Biosciences €17.9 million for charging excessively high prices for a drug used to treat a rare genetic metabolic disorder, marking the first time it has ever imposed a penalty for such an infringement.

19 July 2021

The Asia-Pacific Round-up (16 July 2021)

News in brief from the Asia-Pacific region… As each week goes by, there are near constant developments in China’s “Big Tech Crackdown”, which has touched nearly every major technology company in the country. China’s competition watchdog has kept Tencent in its sights for some time, but recently took its most significant decision against the homegrown technology company – blocking outright a planned merger.

15 July 2021

UK hits pharma companies with £266 million fines for overcharging health service

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has fined four drugmakers over £266 million for inflating the price of a life-saving drug by over 10,000% and preventing the entry of competing medicines.

15 July 2021

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