Work Area: Unilateral Conduct

Epic uninterested in combining Apple and Google cases in Australia

Counsel to Epic Games has said its monopolisation lawsuits against Apple and Google only overlap in a limited way so the judge overseeing both cases should keep them separate.

23 July 2021

New Zealand’s enforcer goes after Google Ads agreements

New Zealand’s antitrust authority is seeking a declaration from the High Court that a consumer loan company violated the country’s anti-cartel rules by allegedly agreeing with rivals not to appear in each other’s Google search results.

21 July 2021

Dutch enforcer issues first excessive pricing fine

The Dutch competition authority has fined Leadiant Biosciences €17.9 million for charging excessively high prices for a drug used to treat a rare genetic metabolic disorder, marking the first time it has ever imposed a penalty for such an infringement.

19 July 2021

The Asia-Pacific Round-up (16 July 2021)

News in brief from the Asia-Pacific region… As each week goes by, there are near constant developments in China’s “Big Tech Crackdown”, which has touched nearly every major technology company in the country. China’s competition watchdog has kept Tencent in its sights for some time, but recently took its most significant decision against the homegrown technology company – blocking outright a planned merger.

15 July 2021

UK hits pharma companies with £266 million fines for overcharging health service

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has fined four drugmakers over £266 million for inflating the price of a life-saving drug by over 10,000% and preventing the entry of competing medicines.

15 July 2021

CCI dismisses predatory pricing case against Uber

The Competition Commission of India has dismissed a six-year-old complaint accusing Uber of abusing its dominance by pricing its services below-cost and entering into exclusivity agreements with its drivers.

15 July 2021

Facebook seeks Khan’s recusal from FTC lawsuit

Facebook has petitioned to have Federal Trade Commission chair Lina Khan recused from any decision regarding the agency’s pending antitrust litigation against the social network.

15 July 2021

Indonesian enforcer fines airline for Mecca ticket discrimination

Indonesia’s competition watchdog has fined Garuda Indonesia for discriminatory conduct on ticket sales to the Middle East for a religious pilgrimage after the airline failed to fix its conduct.

14 July 2021

Epic wins appeal in Australia, can restart case against Apple

An appellate court in Australia has sided with Epic Games and lifted a stay on the developer’s lawsuit accusing Apple of illegally maintaining its monopoly over the distribution of apps and in-app payments on its mobile platform.

09 July 2021

The Asia-Pacific Round-up (9 July 2021)

News in brief from the Asia-Pacific region… China cranked up its tech crackdown yet again with another slate of gun-jumping decisions. Meanwhile, reports surfaced this week that Korea’s competition watchdog is investigating Broadcom just as the US-based chipmaker wrapped up a monopolisation lawsuit at home. And a pair of mergers are working their way through lengthy merger probes – one in New Zealand and another in Singapore.

08 July 2021

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