Work Area: Vertical Restraints

Ninth Circuit provides Qualcomm resounding reversal

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has reversed a lower court’s finding that Qualcomm’s licensing practices violated federal antitrust law.

12 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

Swiss authority lifts watchmaker delivery obligation

Switzerland’s Competition Commission has lifted interim measures that required a Swatch subsidiary to supply customers with watch parts, finding that competitors have entered the market since the obligation was imposed.

15 July 2020

Sweden ends e-commerce probe with rare settlement

The Swedish Competition Authority has fined two furniture retailers for allegedly sharing online pricing information, in the enforcer’s first known settlement of a probe examining unlawful information exchanges relating to online sales.

13 July 2020

CMA fines musical instrument makers

The UK’s competition watchdog has fined two musical instrument suppliers and an online retailer a total of £5.75 million for resale price maintenance, using its findings to develop a new online price monitoring tool.

29 June 2020

French retailers propose limiting joint purchasing alliance

Four major grocery retailers have offered to amend a joint purchasing agreement related to their own-label products, in hopes of resolving an investigation by France’s Competition Authority.

25 June 2020

Italy raids movie industry associations

Italy’s Competition Authority has raided the offices of three film and cinema associations as it considers interim measures to stop an alleged conspiracy restricting free movie screenings.

25 June 2020

Visa and Mastercard lose interchange fee battle

The UK’s Supreme Court has confirmed that Visa and Mastercard’s interchange fees violated EU competition law, exposing both companies to more than €1 billion in potential damages claims.

17 June 2020

EU launches twin Apple probes

The European Commission has opened a pair of antitrust investigations into Apple, examining the rules and restrictions that the company imposes on users of its App Store and Apple Pay.

16 June 2020

Swiss enforcer agrees refusal to deal settlement

Switzerland’s Competition Commission has fined two city-owned gas providers €2.8 million and ordered them to open their distribution networks to rivals, in a settlement decision that one lawyer has called “precedent-setting”.

05 June 2020

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