Work Area: Unilateral Conduct

Portugal accuses SIBS of market foreclosure through tying

Portugal’s antitrust enforcer has accused the country’s largest interbank network of abusive tying, four years after first warning that the scheme could be hindering the development of the national fintech market.

29 July 2022

CAT president rules out combined judgments in UK sports data litigation

A UK judge has said he will hand down separate judgments in two overlapping cases before the Competition Appeal Tribunal and an English court that involve competition claims and counterclaims between sports data and betting companies.

28 July 2022

UK appeals court takes permissive approach to exploitative abuse class actions

A UK appellate court has endorsed the use of aggregate liability in class actions and broadly interpreted the concept of abuse in a decision upholding the certification of a £93 million collective claim against a pair of train operators.

28 July 2022

Israeli Supreme Court modifies excessive pricing test in landmark Coca-Cola decision

The Supreme Court of Israel has ordered a district court to reassess its decision to certify a class action claim accusing Coca-Cola of excessive pricing, while it also confirmed for the first time that collective actions can be based on such infringements.

27 July 2022

Russia fines Google €32.6 million over “opaque” YouTube terms

Russia’s competition watchdog has fined Google €32.6 million for abusing its dominance in the market for video hosting services by using “opaque” terms and conditions to arbitrarily suspend and block YouTube accounts.

27 July 2022

Airline urges ACCC to reopen Qantas predatory pricing probe

A regional Australian airline has called on the country’s competition watchdog to reopen a predatory pricing investigation into Qantas, claiming that the flag carrier’s recent decision to withdraw from a pair of routes vindicates prior claims of anticompetitive conduct.

27 July 2022

UK tribunal permits hot tubs in excessive pricing appeals

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has allowed opposing economic experts to testify simultaneously during an upcoming hearing on three companies’ appeals against the national enforcer’s £100 million fine for excessively pricing a thyroid medication.

22 July 2022

Brazil seeks sanctions against bar association for imposing minimum fees

Brazil’s antitrust watchdog is seeking sanctions against a national bar association for publishing a pricing table used by lawyers that set minimum rates for certain legal services.

21 July 2022

CMA reimposes excessive pricing fines on Pfizer and Flynn

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has collectively fined drugmakers Pfizer and Flynn Pharma nearly £70 million after an appellate court ordered it to reassess its original decision to punish the companies for excessively pricing a lifesaving anti-epilepsy drug.

21 July 2022

Russia readies antitrust fine against Apple for anti-steering provisions

Russia’s antitrust watchdog plans to hit Apple with a turnover-based fine after concluding that the company’s anti-steering clause in contracts with developers constitutes an abuse of dominance.

20 July 2022

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