Work Area: Unilateral Conduct

Ian Conner: the GCR exit interview

After two-plus years in the Federal Trade Commission’s front office, Ian Conner took over as the director of the agency’s competition bureau in December 2019. Set to depart in mid-February, Conner spoke with GCR USA about the agency’s accomplishments, the need for more funding and balancing the desires of divided leadership.

28 January 2021

CMA costs dispute goes to Supreme Court

The UK's Supreme Court has permitted Flynn Pharma and Pfizer to appeal against a ruling that required the drug companies to pay the costs of their successful appeal against a decision by the UK's Competition and Markets Authority.

27 January 2021

Unclear if EU enforcer will formalise latest Google probe, Vestager says

The European Commission has launched a preliminary investigation into Google's practices in the online advertising sector, although Margrethe Vestager said today it is still too early to confirm whether it will become a "full-fledged" competition probe.

26 January 2021

Consumer empowerment will spur competition online, academics argue

Shattering the “illusion of control” that consumers think they hold over their online choices is key to boosting competition in the digital economy, Ariel Ezrachi has said.

26 January 2021

Google acquiesces to publishers in France, pushes back in Australia

Google has agreed to pay French publishers for displaying their content in its search results – at the same time as threatening to withdraw its search engine from Australia over the same issue.

25 January 2021

Document production from DOJ and states moving far too slow, Google says

Google has expressed displeasure with the pace at which the Department of Justice and state attorneys general are producing evidence from third parties in their consolidated monopolisation cases.

22 January 2021

Epic Games seeks jurisdiction in Apple and Google dispute

The UK's Competition Appeal Tribunal should permit Epic Games to serve its claims against Apple and Google’s US-based entities because the developer has suffered “significant damage” in the UK due to their conduct, counsel to Epic has argued.

21 January 2021

New payment sector regulations proposed in China

China’s central bank has proposed new regulations to protect competition in the digital payments market as part of the country’s ongoing effort to rein in major homegrown technology companies.

21 January 2021

CMA turns focus to algorithms

The UK’s antitrust authority has launched a public consultation seeking evidence of how companies use algorithms to restrict competition, after publishing newly-released research on the topic.

20 January 2021

Italy imposes abuse of dominance fine on ticket seller

The Italian Competition Authority has fined CTS Eventim – which owns the country's leading live event ticket seller – a total of €10.9 million for unlawfully boycotting rival vendors and imposing exclusivity agreements on event organisers.

19 January 2021

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