Work Area: Unilateral Conduct

UK Supreme Court rejects Royal Mail abuse of dominance appeal

The UK’s top court has refused to hear Royal Mail’s appeal against a decision upholding its £50 million abuse of dominance fine from the country’s communications regulator, ending the hotly-contested saga over the agency’s largest-ever antitrust penalty.

20 June 2022

Apple faces second competition class action in the UK

Consumer rights advocate Justin Gutmann is seeking approximately £768 million in damages from Apple for its alleged use of malfunctioning batteries in iPhones, in a claim brought one month after the UK’s competition tribunal certified its first class action against the technology company.

16 June 2022

France accepts Meta’s online advertising commitments

France’s Competition Authority has closed an abuse of dominance probe into Meta after the social media company promised to offer online advertising companies access to its business partnership programme based on objective and transparent criteria.

16 June 2022

Objections to boundary fares class certification are premature, Gutmann argues

Criticism of Justin Gutmann’s proposed methodology for proving that around three million train passengers were double-charged for parts of their journeys is overblown and can be resolved at trial, his counsel has told a UK appellate court.

15 June 2022

General Court overturns €997 million Qualcomm fine

The European Commission made manifest procedural errors and improperly assessed potential anticompetitive effects in its decision to fine Qualcomm €997 million for allegedly illegal exclusivity rebates, the EU’s General Court has ruled.

15 June 2022

Train operators urge UK appellate court to undo class certification

Two train companies facing a £93 million collective action for allegedly double-charging some passengers on journeys to and from London have attacked the lead claimant’s proposed methodology in their bid to overturn the lawsuit’s certification.

14 June 2022

FCO expands Apple probe under Section 19a

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has opened an investigation into Apple’s user tracking conditions for app publishers and advertisers on its App Store over suspected self-preferencing conduct.

14 June 2022

Chinese scrutiny of Big Tech is over, academic says

China’s crackdown on large technology platforms is likely to ease off for the remainder of the year due to government concerns that aggressive enforcement could harm the economy, a leading antitrust academic has said.

13 June 2022

Apple ends Dutch dating app dispute

Apple has complied with the Dutch competition authority’s order to change its dating app store payment rules after racking up €50 million in penalties, although the company is still pursuing its appeal against the decision due to consumer privacy concerns.

13 June 2022

China fines water monopolies

China’s competition watchdog has fined a pair of local water supply monopolies in Shaoxing city close to €4.8 million for abusing their dominance through unlawful exclusivity and tying provisions.

13 June 2022

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