Work Area: Unilateral Conduct

Class action claim accuses BT of excessive pricing

A proposed opt-out collective action worth nearly £600 million has been filed at the UK's Competition Appeal Tribunal against the country's leading telecommunications provider for allegedly charging 2.3 million customers excessive prices.

18 January 2021

WhatsApp defends threat to remove covid-19 chatbot

Privacy concerns justify WhatsApp’s threat to ban a South African digital messaging service from using its platform to spread government-issued messages about the coronavirus pandemic, counsel to WhatsApp and Facebook has argued.

18 January 2021

SAMR keeps pressure on digital sector with Vipshop probe

China’s competition watchdog has launched an investigation into Tencent-backed e-commerce platform Vipshop “for suspected unfair competition”.

18 January 2021

Indonesia issues first predatory pricing fine

Indonesia's antitrust watchdog has punished a local cement company for selling its product at a loss to the detriment of competition in the South Kalimantan region.

18 January 2021

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

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