Work Area: Unilateral Conduct

Swiss enforcer probes Mastercard for abuse

Switzerland's Competition Commission has imposed interim measures on Mastercard as part of an abuse of dominance investigation, although the company has claimed they are unjustified.

18 February 2021

Facebook and Google diverge on Australian news law

Facebook has blocked its Australian users from sharing or viewing news content in response to the country’s proposed pay-for-news law, on the same day that Google came to a compensation agreement with media conglomerate News Corp.

18 February 2021

Epic heads to EU in fight against Apple

Epic Games has continued its global crusade against Apple by filing an antitrust complaint with the European Commission.

17 February 2021

Royal Mail settles abuse allegations

Medical testing company Preventx has settled its standalone abuse of dominance claim against Royal Mail, six months after a UK court ordered the incumbent postal operator to temporarily continue providing it with a freepost service.

17 February 2021

Lee: antitrust laws sufficient to address the “totalitarianism” of Big Tech

The current US antitrust laws are more than up to the task in addressing the harm caused by the “corporate shadow state” of technology monopolies, the top Republican on the Senate’s antitrust subcommittee has said.

17 February 2021

Interchange fee dispute reveals flaws in CAT rules

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal is preparing to reform its procedural rules for the first time since 2015, its president has said.

11 February 2021

French court fines Google for Ads abuse

A French court has ordered Google to pay a telephone directory operator over €1.2 million in antitrust damages and reinstate the company to its Google Ads platform.

11 February 2021

EU ends first pharmaceutical excessive pricing probe

The European Commission has closed its excessive pricing investigation into Aspen, after the drugmaker committed to reduce the price of six of its cancer medicines and continue supplying them across the EU.

10 February 2021

Economists propose revisions to EU’s draft gatekeeper rules

Six competition economists have recommended that the European Commission’s draft Digital Markets Act include both a “blacklist” of prohibited conduct and a “grey list” of practices that gatekeepers could argue are procompetitive.

10 February 2021

SAMR fines Vipshop as online platform guidance is finalised

China’s competition watchdog has fined Tencent-backed Vipshop nearly €400,000 for developing a system to obtain a competitive advantage over brands sold on its e-commerce platform.

09 February 2021

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