Work Area: Vertical Restraints

Texas and Google squabble over leaks

The state of Texas and Google argued on Thursday over appropriate remedies for addressing an apparent leak to the press of an unredacted copy of 10 states’ monopolisation lawsuit against the technology company.

05 February 2021

Lego resolves discriminatory pricing probe with commitments

France’s Competition Authority has accepted Lego’s proposals to amend its discount policy so as not to discriminate against online retailers after the company “substantially modified” its original commitments.

29 January 2021

Qualcomm loses information request battle at EU court

The European Court of Justice has confirmed that the EU’s antitrust enforcer has the power to seek wide-ranging information from companies under investigation, in a ruling dismissing Qualcomm’s challenge to an information request.

28 January 2021

EU probes cross-border snack restrictions

The European Commission has formalised an investigation into Mondelēz International to check if it imposed anticompetitive territorial restrictions on traders, a week after the agency fined six video games companies for similar restrictions on cross-border sales.

28 January 2021

Ian Conner: the GCR exit interview

After two-plus years in the Federal Trade Commission’s front office, Ian Conner took over as the director of the agency’s competition bureau in December 2019. Set to depart in mid-February, Conner spoke with GCR USA about the agency’s accomplishments, the need for more funding and balancing the desires of divided leadership.

28 January 2021

Document production from DOJ and states moving far too slow, Google says

Google has expressed displeasure with the pace at which the Department of Justice and state attorneys general are producing evidence from third parties in their consolidated monopolisation cases.

22 January 2021

EU fines gaming companies for geo-blocking agreements

The European Commission has fined Valve – owner of one of the world’s largest video gaming platforms – and five gaming publishers €7.8 million for preventing European consumers from purchasing video games in certain member states.

20 January 2021

Booking.com must drop price parity clauses in Russia

Russia’s competition authority has said it will order Booking.com to remove all price parity clauses from its contracts with hotels because they restrict competition between accommodation providers.

04 January 2021

Repsol fined again for non-compliance in Spain

Spain’s competition enforcer has fined Repsol €5 million for failing to comply with two decisions that ordered it to remove anticompetitive clauses from its agreements with petrol stations that set fuel prices.

18 December 2020

Google lawsuits pile up as 38 state AGs add to DOJ’s claims

A bipartisan group of US states and territories have alleged that Google illegally sought to maintain a monopoly over general search services, expanding upon a similar lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice in October.

18 December 2020

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