Work Area: Unilateral Conduct

Korean court revokes abuse fine but bans conduct

A Korean court has revoked a €9 million abuse of dominance fine issued to naval engineering company Gaztransport & Technigaz but ordered the business to stop tying its technology licences with engineering services for liquified natural gas storage tanks.

07 December 2022

New Zealand takes on sluggish competition in the building supplies sector

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission has made nine recommendations to remedy lacklustre competition in the residential building supplies market, while revealing it has opened a probe into one of the sector’s biggest companies over its use of quantity-based rebates.

07 December 2022

Indian court orders enforcer to reissue tyre cartel decision

India’s specialist antitrust tribunal has ordered the country's competition watchdog to reduce the €208 million price-fixing fines it levied against five tyre companies, due to “inadvertent and arithmetical” calculation errors and to save the wider market.

06 December 2022

Top Italian court annuls £93 million Enel abuse fine

Italy’s Council of State has scrapped a €93 million fine against Enel, in a ruling that local lawyers say reflects an effort to better align national competition enforcement with the European Court of Justice’s approach to abuse of dominance.

06 December 2022

UK court rejects interim injunction request against Google

A UK court has rejected an interim measures request from a debt management company in a standalone abuse of dominance claim to prevent Google from implementing a policy change on Google Ads for insolvency practitioners.

05 December 2022

Broadcasters again fail to score in French football league saga

France’s Competition Authority has rejected complaints from Canal Plus and beIN Sports accusing the country’s professional football league of abusing its dominance over broadcasting rights, 17 months after dismissing similar allegations.

01 December 2022

Landmark class action claim targets wastewater companies

Law firm Leigh Day plans to file the UK’s first-ever "environmental" collective action against several wastewater companies accused of breaching the country's antitrust rules, a week after an economic consultancy urged the country’s competition authority to open a probe based on the same allegations.

24 November 2022

Meta agrees to stop tying VR headsets with Facebook accounts

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office will continue investigating whether Meta has unlawfully tied its virtual reality products to its social media platform, despite the company deciding to no longer force its Meta Quest headset users to set up a Facebook account.

23 November 2022

Pharma executives flouted compliance rules when striking supply agreement, CMA claims

An in-house lawyer at a drugmaker since bought out by Advanz Pharma allowed the company’s most senior staff to hold meetings without strictly abiding by certain compliance rules, counsel to the UK's Competition and Markets Authority has claimed.

23 November 2022

Tribunal orders disclosure of French Apple decision in UK class action

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has ordered Apple to turn over a decision that led to a €25 million settlement with France’s consumer protection authority, as it may contain vital evidence for an abuse of dominance claim against the company.

22 November 2022

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