Work Area: Unilateral Conduct

EU accepts revised commitments to end Amazon probes

The European Commission has closed a pair of abuse of dominance investigations into Amazon after approving a revised commitment package that includes making a second competing Buy Box more visible on its e-commerce platform.

20 December 2022

EU levels tying allegations, drops collusion probe against Meta

The European Commission has alleged that Meta unlawfully bundled Facebook with its Marketplace feature and imposed unfair conditions on rival online classified advertising services, while dropping a probe into the company’s online advertising agreement with Google.

19 December 2022

Asian authorities must carefully choose theories of harm against Big Tech, says ICN expert

A non-governmental advisor at the International Competition Network has warned Asian antitrust agencies to ensure the general public can understand theories of harm against Big Tech companies, while an official at Korea’s Fair Trade Commission revealed his agency is preparing guidance on self-preferencing.

19 December 2022

UEFA and FIFA score in European Super League AG opinion

FIFA and UEFA did not abuse their dominance when they banned football clubs from breaking away to form a European Super League, EU advocate general Athanasios Rantos has said.

15 December 2022

Israel imposes first-ever excessive pricing fine

Israel’s Competition Authority has fined drug distributor MBI Pharma €2.2 million for abusing its dominance by charging unfairly high prices for a life-saving genetic disorder treatment drug, marking the enforcer’s first-ever excessive pricing infringement decision.

14 December 2022

Market definition in CMA’s hydrocortisone decision “makes no sense”, drugmaker claims

The market definition used by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority when fining Auden McKenzie for excessive pricing wrongly excluded a competitor’s more expensive substitute product, counsel to the sanctioned drugmaker has claimed.

14 December 2022

Indian parliament proposes major changes to antitrust reform legislation

An Indian parliamentary committee has suggested a suite of changes to proposed amendments to the country’s competition law, including forcing the antitrust watchdog to conduct an effects test for all abuse of dominance cases.

14 December 2022

Turkey fines e-scooter app for false information in abuse probe

The Turkish Competition Authority has fined Marti for submitting inaccurate pricing information during an abuse of dominance investigation that the e-scooter provider settled three months ago.

13 December 2022

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

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