Work Area: Unilateral Conduct

Google hits back at Australian pay-for-news proposal

An Australian government plan to force Google and Facebook to share revenue with news media businesses is shrouded by misconceptions, Google has argued.

05 May 2020

Mastercard interchange fees led to distinct damages claims, retailer alleges

The European Commission found Mastercard’s interchange fees infringed competition law both in respect to cross-border rates and domestic rates, a retail group has argued to a UK court.

29 April 2020

Mastercard challenges UK tribunal’s limitation ruling

Mastercard has accused the UK’s Competition Tribunal of adopting a “backwards approach” to statutory interpretation by refusing to strike out parts of retailers’ interchange fee damages claims.

28 April 2020

China grants its highest-ever antitrust damages award

A court in Nanjing has awarded Yangtze River Pharmaceutical Group nearly €9 million for successfully showing that suppliers of an active pharmaceutical ingredient for its antihistamine tablet abused their dominance.

28 April 2020

Broadcom proposes commitments to end EU interim measures

Broadcom has offered to stop imposing semi-exclusivity requirements on purchasers of its chipsets, in the hope of resolving the European Commission’s abuse of dominance investigation.

27 April 2020

Vestager: EU may introduce competition rules for “digital gatekeepers”

The European Commission is considering imposing legal obligations on gatekeepers of digital platforms to remedy or prevent “commercial imbalances”, the EU’s competition commissioner has said.

24 April 2020

DG Comp official: EU is considering “restorative or prescriptive” antitrust remedies

A senior official at the European Commission has said it is considering whether it needs to impose broader remedies in antitrust cases that go beyond the usual “cease and desist” requirements.

24 April 2020

Mundt “sceptical” of data portability impact

The president of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said that data portability “will not get you very far” without more competition in technology markets.

23 April 2020

Australia to force Google and Facebook to pay for news content

Australia’s treasurer has directed the country’s competition watchdog to create a mandatory code forcing Google and Facebook to share revenue with news media businesses.

22 April 2020

FAS boss calls for global cooperation in response to the coronavirus

Cooperation and the exchanging of experiences between competition authorities will be “crucial” for the economic recovery from the covid-19 pandemic, the head of Russia’s antitrust watchdog has said.

21 April 2020

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