Work Area: Unilateral Conduct

India launches probe into Google’s payment app

India’s competition watchdog has ordered its investigative arm to probe Google after reaching a preliminary conclusion that the company abused its dominance by favouring its own payment service in its mobile application store.

10 November 2020

China nears first online platform guidelines

China’s antitrust watchdog has published its first draft guidance on the platform economy, which provides clarifications on how the enforcer will tackle antitrust issues in digital markets.

10 November 2020

Turkey accepts first-ever commitments in conduct probe

Turkey’s Competition Authority has ended an abuse of dominance investigation into a provider of airport ground handling services after accepting commitments during a behavioural probe for the first time.

09 November 2020

China updates IPR competition regulations

China’s competition watchdog has published updated regulations that prohibit the abuse of intellectual property rights to exclude or restrict competition, with the new rules now applying to both price and non-price conduct.

06 November 2020

German competition law amendments extremely close to finish line, Mundt says

The president of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said he expects his agency will be ready to enforce new domestic rules against digital platforms in the first few months of 2021, but warned it still faces challenges in bringing cases.

05 November 2020

Walmart Chile sued for abusive contractual terms

A food suppliers association, which includes Coca Cola, Nestlé and Unilever, has sued Walmart Chile for allegedly abusing its dominance in the food retail market by imposing unfair contract conditions on suppliers.

04 November 2020

Former ECJ judge says UK and EU courts may diverge after Brexit

A former judge at the European Court of Justice has warned that the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union could cause both jurisdictions to diverge on abuse of dominance enforcement and lead to conflicting appellate court rulings.

03 November 2020

EU accuses Czech rail operator of predatory pricing

The European Commission has issued a statement of objections to state-owned Czech railway operator České dráhy for allegedly charging predatory prices.

30 October 2020

Vestager warns against fragmented approach to digital markets

EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has said the agency’s proposed new market investigation powers will help harmonise intervention in digital markets across member states, as she warned about the risks of disparate approaches in different countries.

29 October 2020

Germany launches Amazon and Apple probe

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has launched an investigation into Amazon and Apple over suspicions that the companies entered into an agreement that prevented third-party retailers from selling Apple’s products on Amazon Marketplace.

29 October 2020

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