Work Area: Unilateral Conduct

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

AG Bobek suggests single EU double jeopardy test

An advocate general at the European Court of Justice has suggested harmonising the EU test for double jeopardy, as he issued opinions in two separate preliminary ruling requests concerning antitrust cases.

02 September 2021

Apple agrees to global App Store changes to close JFTC probe

Japan’s antitrust watchdog has closed an investigation into Apple after the iPhone maker agreed to permit applications like Spotify, Netflix and Hulu to include an in-app link to allow users to make payments through a developer’s website.

02 September 2021

Russia targets Apple’s anti-steering provisions

Apple has one month to remove allegedly anticompetitive clauses from contracts with application developers in Russia to avoid a full-scale investigation by the country’s antitrust enforcer.

31 August 2021 hit with €15 million MFN fine in Russia

Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service has fined €15 million for imposing most-favoured-nation clauses on hotels after the platform ignored two warning letters to remove restrictions.

27 August 2021

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