A finding by Germany’s antitrust watchdog that Facebook abused its dominance by forcing users to give up their data ignores one side of a two-sided market, Frédéric Jenny has said.
A company that misses its deadline to file an appeal against a European Commission decision cannot claim that postal service delays justify an extension of the time limit, the EU Court of Justice has ruled.
The EU will introduce a regulation to force online platforms to set out how businesses are ranked in search results, and to give the reasons for any differentiated treatment of goods or services the platform offers – with potentially significant effects for companies such as Google, Amazon and Apple
Even without the Department of Justice in the room, the hearing on Friday on states’ challenge to T-Mobile/Sprint displayed a concentration of antitrust minds. The litigation in Manhattan federal court now features 14 state attorneys general and counsel from eight different law firms. Judge Victor Marrero noted that the proceedings pit opposing forces of nature against each other, as Keker & Van Nest partner Paula Blizzard argued for the state plaintiffs against defence counsel Steven Sunshine at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. Sunshine said a settlement between the merging companies and the DOJ is imminent, and that all parties should be ready to go for a 7 October trial. Blizzard said the terms of that settlement – specifically whether the agency finds a need for fourth major competitor – could put the agreed-upon schedule in flux.
Congress should play an active role in antitrust enforcement and competition policy, the chairman of the House of Representatives’ antitrust subcommittee said on Thursday.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom partner Ingrid Vandenborre and associate Stanislas de Villoutreys advise Aspen Pharmacare in relation to the ongoing proceeding of the European Commission that excludes Italy. In their commentary, they consider that the Aspen decision of Italy’s Competition Authority, upheld by the Regional Administrative Tribunal of Lazio’s judgment, has skipped the unfairness analysis set out by European Court of Justice in United Brands. The commentary is based on the Aspen decision and judgment as published.
The Facebook case brought by Germany’s Federal Cartel Office is a first step to break up market power in the digital economy with a quasi-structural remedy for data, the head of the agency has said.
Plaintiff’s side law firm Hausfeld has teamed up with a public affairs consultancy to set up the Google Redress & Integrity Platform (GRIP), which aims to attract potential clients seeking redress against the technology company over its allegedly anti-competitive practices.
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