Work Area: Unilateral Conduct

Sims praises Korean law that forces Apple and Google to open up app stores

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chair Rod Sims has praised Korea for passing amendments to its telecommunications law that prohibits Google and Apple from barring third-party payment providers in their application marketplaces.

02 December 2021

Australia’s top court denies Apple’s request to stay Epic Games lawsuit

The High Court of Australia has sent Epic Games’ monopolisation lawsuit against Apple to the country’s Federal Court for a full hearing on the merits next November, after rejecting the iPhone maker’s request to stay the litigation.

02 December 2021

Google revises Privacy Sandbox proposals

Google has modified the commitments it has offered to end the UK antitrust enforcer’s probe into planned changes on its Chrome browser, after businesses in the digital advertising sector raised several concerns with the company’s original proposal.

26 November 2021

Court orders Turkish enforcer to reopen Allergan abuse of dominance probe

The Turkish Competition Authority has begun investigating Allergan for allegedly refusing to supply a Botox-branded drug to a reseller after the country’s highest administrative court ordered the agency to reopen the case.

25 November 2021

Third opt-out claim filed against train operators in UK

A consumer rights advocate has filed a proposed class action seeking €73 million in damages from a train operator accused of routinely overcharging for London-area tickets, one month after he secured certification for two similar claims against other train operators.

25 November 2021

Ofgem accepts commitments in abusive contract terms probe

The UK’s energy regulator has ended its abuse of dominance investigation into a payment services provider, after approving a package of commitments that includes the company paying a £12 million donation to the authority’s redress scheme.

24 November 2021

Italian agency substantially cuts abuse fine after court ruling

The Italian Competition Authority has slashed an abuse of dominance fine it levied on a shipping transportation company from €29 million to €1 million after a first-instance court quashed half of the agency’s original infringement decision.

22 November 2021

China penalises gas supplier for abuse

China’s State Administration for Market Regulation has fined a gas supplier nearly 40.5 million yuan (€5.6 million) after finding that it abused its dominance by charging unreasonably high prices and imposing unfair contract terms.

19 November 2021

First civil antitrust suit based on data access filed in China

A data mining company has accused Chinese social media platform Weibo of trying to push it out of business by refusing to grant it access to troves of data, in the country’s first-ever civil case alleging that such a refusal violates antitrust law.

12 November 2021

Google Shopping win “vindicates” EU’s digital focus, lawyers say

By upholding the European Commission’s Google Shopping ruling, the EU General Court has provided a huge “boost” for the enforcer’s pursuit of anticompetitive practices in digital markets, local antitrust lawyers have said.

10 November 2021

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