Work Area: Unilateral Conduct

EU ignored “highly powerful” Apple in Android decision, Google argues

Google has kicked off its appeal hearing before the EU’s General Court by arguing that the European Commission’s Android decision ignored the company’s “intense” rivalry with Apple and failed to consider a raft of benefits its technology delivered to consumers.

27 September 2021

Court throws out Vodafone Italia’s margin squeeze fine

An Italian court has quashed the national competition enforcer’s €5.7 million fine to Vodafone Italia for operating a margin squeeze in the bulk text messaging market, two months after overturning another major antitrust ruling against the telecommunications company and its rivals.

17 September 2021

EU ends 17-year abuse probe with remedies

The European Commission has accepted commitments from the Greek government to conclude an abuse of dominance probe into the state-owned Public Power Corporation that began in 2004.

10 September 2021

Gown supplier must respond to fraudulent misrepresentation allegations, UK tribunal says

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has ordered an academic dress supplier seeking antitrust damages from a rival corporate group to respond to allegations that its standalone claim cannot proceed because it fraudulently misled customers about its own gowns.

08 September 2021

Khan: FTC overhaul driven by consensus, not partisanship

Recent policy reforms at the Federal Trade Commission are driven by a common understanding past administrations have been far too cautious, agency chair Lina Khan has said.

08 September 2021

Pakistan raids duopolist tractor manufacturers

The Competition Commission of Pakistan has raided two tractor manufacturers after suspecting that they colluded to raise prices over the past three years.

07 September 2021

Switzerland probes online directory for abusive bundling

Switzerland’s Competition Commission is investigating whether a Swisscom subsidiary is unlawfully bundling access to the country’s two leading online business directories by making smaller companies pay for services they may not want or need.

07 September 2021

Argentina hits AB Inbev subsidiary with maximum abuse fine

Argentina’s competition enforcer has fined an Anheuser-Busch Inbev subsidiary €1.3 million as part of its first-ever decision to penalise exclusivity provisions created through the use of loyalty discounts.

06 September 2021

CMA seeks to remove appeal rights in settlement cases

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has proposed eliminating companies' ability to appeal in cases where they have reached a settlement agreement with the agency.

03 September 2021

The Asia-Pacific Round-up (3 September 2021)

News in brief from the Asia-Pacific region… China’s competition watchdog continues to keep its homegrown technology companies over the fire, with Meituan and the broader sharing economy the latest target. Meanwhile, Epic Games and Apple have a trial date in Australia, although everyone will have to wait until late November 2022.

02 September 2021

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