Work Area: Unilateral Conduct

Bulgaria hits Lukoil with record antitrust fine

Bulgaria’s antitrust watchdog has issued its highest-ever sanction, fining one of the world’s largest oil companies €34.6 million for operating an illegal margin squeeze strategy in the wholesale motor fuel market.

20 February 2023

Philippine enforcer confirms cartel probe amid pressure from lawmakers

The Philippine Competition Commission is investigating whether cartels have caused an exorbitant rise in onion prices after lawmakers called for an investigation into recent hikes.

17 February 2023

JetBlue turns to US regulator over Dutch effort to curb noise pollution

JetBlue has urged the US Department of Transportation to intervene in its slot dispute with a Dutch regulator, claiming a government scheme to reduce noise at Amsterdam Schiphol airport has further entrenched dominant carriers participating in airline joint ventures.

17 February 2023

French refusal to remove injunctions is a watershed moment, lawyers say

France’s Competition Authority will not review and lift several injunctions it imposed as part of an abuse of dominance decision against a flower delivery network two decades ago because it does not have the jurisdiction to do so.

16 February 2023

ACM correctly dismissed abuse complaint against mental health federation, court rules

A Dutch tribunal has confirmed the national competition authority was right to dismiss an abuse of dominance complaint against a mental health association as the enforcer does not have jurisdiction to probe state-funded education.

15 February 2023

Kakao hit with €18.9 million penalty for secret algorithm manipulation

Korea’s antitrust authority has fined Kakao Mobility €18.9 million for secretly manipulating its algorithm on its mobile application to give preferential treatment to its own affiliated drivers.

14 February 2023

French court confirms constitutional right to challenge remedy rejections

France's Constitutional Council has paved the way for Sony to challenge the national competition authority’s rejection of commitments it proposed during an antitrust probe, confirming for the first time that companies can lodge such appeals.

13 February 2023

JFTC seeks to curb Apple and Google duopoly

Japan’s Fair Trade Commission has warned Apple and Google that they may be infringing the country’s antitrust laws through their alleged duopoly over mobile operating systems and urged both to change their behaviour to boost competition.

10 February 2023

Peru seeks to curtail criminal antitrust sanctions and expand leniency protections

In a bid to revive its faltering leniency regime, Peru’s antitrust watchdog is calling for new legislation to exempt abuses of dominance and softcore cartels from criminal sanctions while increasing protections for whistleblowers.

09 February 2023

Brazil limits food delivery platform’s exclusivity clauses

Brazil’s competition tribunal has approved a settlement between the national antitrust enforcer and the country’s largest food delivery platform to suspend two separate but related abuse of dominance probes after the company agreed to limit the scope of its exclusivity clauses with restaurants.

09 February 2023

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