Work Area: Unilateral Conduct

FTC chair Simons not recused from next Qualcomm steps

Federal Trade Commission chair Joseph Simons is no longer recused from the agency’s monopolisation case against Qualcomm, according to an FTC spokesperson.

14 August 2020

Brazil fines car alarm maker for exclusivity contracts

Brazil’s antitrust watchdog has fined a manufacturer of vehicle electronic systems €1.2 million for abusing its dominance in the car alarm market.

13 August 2020

Russia says it will order Apple to stop app store abuse

Russia’s competition watchdog has found that Apple abused its dominance by restricting rival developers of parental control applications and reserving the right to bar third-party apps from its App Store.

11 August 2020

Italy probes ferry operator for excessive pricing

Italy’s Competition Authority is investigating a ferry operator for a fourth alleged antitrust violation, following a complaint about excessive and discriminatory pricing.

05 August 2020

Overshadowed but not overlooked, Apple faces gatekeeper questions

Apple may not have attracted as much scrutiny as Amazon, Facebook and Google during last week’s Congressional hearing, but its chief executive was forced to defend the company against allegations it has abused its gatekeeper role to target rival app developers.

03 August 2020

China mulls probe into WeChat Pay and Alipay

China’s antitrust enforcer is reportedly preparing an investigation into the country’s most widely used mobile payment platforms, following a complaint by the central bank.

31 July 2020

Lego offers commitments in French discriminatory pricing probe

Lego has promised to amend its criteria for granting discounts to French retailers, as it looks to resolve an antitrust investigation examining alleged price discrimination against online sellers.

30 July 2020

Facebook challenges information requests at EU court

Facebook has complained to the EU General Court that the European Commission is requiring it to hand over personal information relating to employees’ health and finances as part of the enforcer’s antitrust investigations into the company.

28 July 2020

Slack slams Microsoft for bundling Teams software

Business communications platform Slack has complained to the European Commission that Microsoft is stifling competition by “force installing” its Teams software on millions of users’ computers.

22 July 2020

AG Pitruzzella clarifies excessive pricing test for music licensing

Copyright management companies may violate abuse of dominance rules by imposing flat-rate tariffs on music festival organisers wishing to use protected musical works, an advocate general at the EU Court of Justice has said.

16 July 2020

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