Work Area: Unilateral Conduct

Epic Games files new claims against Apple and Google in UK

Epic Games has asked the UK’s specialist competition tribunal to censure Apple and Google for removing its Fortnite game from their app stores, as part of a new claim that closely mirrors those it has already filed in the US and Australia.

15 January 2021

Facebook accused of illegally banning coronavirus messaging service from WhatsApp

An online “chatbot” that uses WhatsApp to send covid-19 updates and test results to South Africans has asked the Competition Tribunal of South Africa for an emergency injunction to stop Facebook kicking it off the platform.

13 January 2021

Facebook hit with interim measures over WhatsApp data policy

Turkey’s antitrust watchdog has banned Facebook from using WhatsApp user data to boost its other services as the agency probes whether the company’s recently-announced new data merging policy infringes competition law.

12 January 2021

China reportedly censoring coverage of Alibaba probe

The Chinese government has reportedly directed local media to censor reporting on an ongoing antitrust probe into concerns that Alibaba forces merchants to exclusively use the platform to distribute their products.

12 January 2021

Shkreli loses effort to stay FTC case until his release from prison

A federal California judge has rejected a request from former pharmaceutical company executive Martin Shkreli to pause the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust lawsuit against him until his release from prison.

11 January 2021

UK probes Google Chrome privacy changes

The UK’s competition authority has launched its first-ever abuse of dominance case against one of the four ‘big tech’ companies, as it scrutinises Google’s proposals to remove third-party cookies and other functions from its Chrome internet browser.

08 January 2021

Romania fines online marketplace for self-preferencing

Romania's Competition Council has fined the operator of the country's leading online marketplace a total of €6.7 million for abusing its dominance by displaying its own products more favourably than competing sellers on its platform.

05 January 2021

Switzerland hits Swisscom with interim measures

Switzerland’s Competition Commission has imposed interim measures on Swisscom as it probes whether the telecommunications provider prevented rivals from accessing its fibre optic network.

18 December 2020

Google lawsuits pile up as 38 state AGs add to DOJ’s claims

A bipartisan group of US states and territories have alleged that Google illegally sought to maintain a monopoly over general search services, expanding upon a similar lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice in October.

18 December 2020

Google faces complaint in Russia over YouTube terms

A Russian public interest group has accused Google of abusing its dominance in the market for social network video hosting by arbitrarily blocking accounts and using an opaque algorithm to determine which results appear on its YouTube service.

14 December 2020

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