Work Area: Unilateral Conduct

Italian court overturns TIM’s €3.7 million margin squeeze fine

An Italian court has annulled the national antitrust authority’s €3.7 million penalty to Telecom Italia for operating a margin squeeze in the bulk text messaging market, seven months after overturning an even larger fine on Vodafone Italia for the same conduct.

13 April 2022

Italy punishes ferry operator for excessive pricing

Italy’s Competition Authority has fined a ferry operator €3.7 million after finding the company charged excessive prices on a ferry transportation route between Sicily and the country’s southern region of Calabria.

12 April 2022

Cost of living crisis likely a consumer protection issue, CMA official says

Consumer protection toolkits as opposed to abuse of dominance powers are best suited to combatting the global cost of living crisis exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a senior official at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said.

08 April 2022

French court upholds €150 million fine against Google

A French appellate court has confirmed a decision by the country’s competition authority to fine Google for abusing its dominance in the online search advertising market, after the company unjustifiably kicked content providers off its Google Ads platform.

08 April 2022

Intel saga continues as EU challenges overturning of €1 billion fine

The European Commission is appealing against the annulment of its landmark €1 billion abuse of dominance fine against Intel over a decade ago, following criticism from the General Court that it failed to prove the chipmaker’s conditional rebates harmed competition.

08 April 2022

OECD recommends comprehensive antitrust reforms in Tunisia

A report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on the state of competition enforcement in Tunisia has recommended a revamp of the country's antitrust regime, including significantly increasing the Competition Council’s mandate, powers and resources.

05 April 2022

EU drops probe into Qatari gas supply agreements

The European Commission has dropped its investigation into liquefied natural gas supply agreements between Qatar Energy and several European gas importers, after it failed to find evidence that the company imposed anticompetitive restrictive clauses.

05 April 2022

Qualcomm questions motive for UK class action during certification fight

Qualcomm has queried whether a proposed €483 million class action against it is actually being pursued “for the benefit of the funders”, as it urged the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal not to certify the claim.

30 March 2022

French court fines Google over app developer restrictions

A French court has fined Google €2 million for imposing unfair conditions and commission rates on application developers that created a “significant imbalance” of power between them and the company.

30 March 2022

Apple makes new compliance offer to Dutch enforcer

The Dutch antitrust authority has fined Apple the statutory maximum €50 million for failing to make changes to its App Store for local dating applications – although the enforcer said it has “welcomed” a revised set of commitments from the company seeking to correct its abusive conduct.

28 March 2022

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