Work Area: Unilateral Conduct

ECJ rules Slovak Telecom fines can still stand

Separate abuse of dominance fines imposed by Slovakia's competition enforcer and the European Commission on Slovak Telekom did not breach EU law, because they related to conduct in different markets, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

26 February 2021

VodafoneZiggo loses challenge to EU regulatory recommendations

The European Commission’s recommendations to national regulatory authorities cannot be challenged before the EU courts as they do not constitute a “legal decision”, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

25 February 2021

Russian enforcer orders Yandex to stop discrimination

Russia’s competition watchdog has ordered Yandex to stop giving its own companies preferential opportunities to promote their services on its search engine, as part of a warning that the company may be abusing its dominance.

25 February 2021

Google accused of breaching interim measures in France

France’s Competition Authority has sent Google a statement of objections, accusing the tech company of breaching an interim order that forced it to negotiate an acceptable fee with news publishers for displaying their content.

24 February 2021

Vestager questioned on essential facilities omission from DMA

Margrethe Vestager has defended the omission of any reference to essential facilities in the European Commission’s proposed Digital Markets Act, arguing that the agency has found a middle ground between that doctrine and competition law enforcement.

23 February 2021

UK tribunal rejects Epic’s claim against Apple

Epic Games cannot sue Apple in the UK for removing its Fortnite game from the App Store, although it can bring a claim against Google for similar behaviour, the Competition Appeal Tribunal has ruled.

22 February 2021

Philippine enforcer charges condo developer with abuse

The Philippine Competition Commission has formally accused a condominium developer of abusing its dominance by forcing residents to use its in-house internet service provider.

22 February 2021

France denies interim measures in EDF probe

France's Competition Authority has rejected an electricity supplier's request to impose interim measures on rival EDF, but the authority said it will continue to investigate the company for predatory pricing.

19 February 2021

Swiss enforcer probes Mastercard for abuse

Switzerland's Competition Commission has imposed interim measures on Mastercard as part of an abuse of dominance investigation, although the company has claimed they are unjustified.

18 February 2021

Facebook and Google diverge on Australian news law

Facebook has blocked its Australian users from sharing or viewing news content in response to the country’s proposed pay-for-news law, on the same day that Google came to a compensation agreement with media conglomerate News Corp.

18 February 2021

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