Work Area: Unilateral Conduct

Telecom Italia and Vodafone settle five antitrust claims

Telecom Italia and Vodafone have agreed to end all legal disputes between themselves, including five antitrust cases that saw Vodafone seeking more than €2 billion in damages from Italy’s leading telecommunications provider.

12 August 2021

CMA to probe “exploitative” coronavirus testing kit prices

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has agreed to advise the government on whether travellers are being charged excessive prices for covid-19 tests after the health secretary asked it to conduct a “rapid high-level review”.

09 August 2021

Top Indian court blesses Amazon, Flipkart probe

India’s Supreme Court has allowed the Competition Commission of India to proceed with a high-profile antitrust probe into Flipkart and Amazon after rejecting the retailers’ allegations that the investigation is unlawful.

09 August 2021

CMA reaccuses Pfizer and Flynn of excessive pricing

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has accused Pfizer and Flynn Pharma of charging unfairly high prices for an anti-epilepsy medication, 17 months after an appellate court ordered the agency to redo parts of its initial probe into the drugmakers.

05 August 2021

BeIN Sports turns to EU in French football dispute

BeIN Sports has complained to the EU’s competition authority that the French professional football league’s broadcasting agreement with Amazon discriminates in favour of the technology company and distorts the market by undervaluing broadcasting rights.

05 August 2021

Australian airline escalates antitrust dispute with Qantas

Counsel to a regional Australian airline has said it is likely to launch private enforcement action against Qantas for alleged “predatory and anticompetitive behaviour”.

04 August 2021

France revises penalty guidance

France’s Competition Authority has updated its fining notice after 10 years, which clarifies changes introduced by the ECN+ Directive as well as expanding how it calculates the seriousness of infringing conduct.

30 July 2021

Google faces £920 million UK class action over app store rules

Plaintiff law firm Hausfeld is spearheading a proposed class action against Google that seeks almost £1 billion on behalf of 19.5 million UK consumers that allegedly overpaid for in-app content as a result of the company’s application store restrictions.

29 July 2021

UK tribunal dismisses standalone abuse claim against Coca Cola bottler

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has thrown out a standalone damages claim brought by a drinks wholesaler against Coca Cola’s European bottler, emphasising that a breach of competition law is a “very serious allegation” that needs “proper and careful pleading”.

27 July 2021

Amazon and Flipkart lose appeal against CCI probe

The Karnataka High Court has dealt another blow to Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart by dismissing their appeals against an earlier ruling that allowed India’s competition authority to resume an investigation into their alleged anticompetitive conduct.

26 July 2021

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