Work Area: Unilateral Conduct

Novartis sanctioned in Belgium for undermining rival drug

The Belgian Competition Authority has fined Novartis €2.8 million after concluding it unlawfully shut out competition in the market for certain eye disease treatments by exaggerating the potential side effects of a rival drug.

25 January 2023

A Q&A with Stefan Hunt

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority established a dedicated data analytics unit in 2018, tapping Stefan Hunt to build the team from scratch. Ahead of starting a new role at Keystone Strategy on Tuesday, Hunt spoke to GCR about the challenges of growing the CMA’s 50-strong data group, its role in some of the agency’s most important probes and how the sophisticated technology his team built is changing enforcement.

23 January 2023

Google must comply with far-reaching Android commitments after Indian ruling

India’s highest court has refused to suspend the national antitrust enforcer’s decision to fine Google €152 million and impose a slew of behavioural remedies on the technology company that will significantly alter its global Android business model.

20 January 2023

Intel test applies to exclusivity clause analysis, ECJ rules

Antitrust authorities must analyse the results of the as-efficient competitor test if a dominant company provides such evidence during probes of both rebate schemes and exclusivity clauses, the European Court of Justice has confirmed.

19 January 2023

Canadian enforcer urged to investigate flag carrier over route closures

A local business association has accused Air Canada of unlawfully terminating passenger flight services on a key national route in breach of the country’s competition rules.

18 January 2023

Apple faces new antitrust sanctions in Russia

Russia’s competition watchdog has ordered Apple to pay a €14.6 million fine for including unlawful anti-steering provisions in its contracts with app developers, a month after a court in Moscow allowed the company to challenge the agency’s original infringement decision.

18 January 2023

Mexico faces another jurisdictional battle as agencies launch parallel probes into Apple

Mexico’s competition authority and the country’s telecommunications regulator have reportedly launched parallel abuse probes into Apple over its App Store policies, in what could spark another jurisdictional battle between the two agencies.

17 January 2023

Korean court issues first margin squeeze infringement ruling

The Seoul High Court has dismissed an appeal brought by two telecommunication companies accused of implementing an illegal margin squeeze conspiracy – marking the first ruling in Korea that explicitly states the conduct amounts to an abuse of dominance.

17 January 2023

Mastercard could have charged lawful MIFs in Merricks counterfactual, counsel argues

Counsel to Mastercard has claimed that the European Commission did not find all interchange fees to be unlawful as part of its infringement decision against the company and it could have charged legal rates absent its anticompetitive scheme.

17 January 2023

Google claims CCI remedies threaten India’s national security

Google has argued behavioural commitments imposed by the Competition Commission of India to remedy the technology company’s alleged anticompetitive Android restrictions pose threats to individual and national security.

16 January 2023

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