Work Area: Unilateral Conduct

Korea publishes abuse of dominance guidelines for digital markets

Korea’s competition watchdog has issued updated abuse of dominance guidance clarifying how the agency will approach multihoming restrictions, most-favoured-nation clauses, self-preferencing and bundling in digital markets.

13 January 2023

CAT allows Merricks to argue Mastercard concealed facts in class action lawsuit

The UK’s specialist competition tribunal has allowed Walter Merricks to allege Mastercard deliberately concealed facts in a multi-billion pound interchange fee class action, as the claimant seeks to fend off arguments his lawsuit is time-barred.

12 January 2023

Italy rejects interim injunction request against TIM

Italy’s Competition Authority has refused to temporarily force Telecom Italia to provide its rivals with access to key mobile coverage data, but will continue investigating the company for abuse of dominance.

11 January 2023

Germany accuses Google of data processing breaches

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said it intends to force Google to adjust its data processing terms so users are given more choice over how the company harvests their information to leverage its market power across several digital sectors.

11 January 2023

EU official seeks to quell concerns about DMA implementation

The European Commission will issue a new regulation governing the implementation of the Digital Markets Act “in good time” before the rules kick in this May, an official has said ahead of the agency’s new directorate launching next week.

11 January 2023

Big Tech pushes back on suggested Indian digital competition bill

An industry association that represents many of the world’s largest technology companies has slammed a proposal for a digital competition law in India as “prescriptive, absolutist and regressive in nature”.

10 January 2023

Broadcom offers commitments in Korea to settle antitrust probe

Korea’s Fair Trade Commission has opened a public consultation into Broadcom’s offer to grant Samsung three-year warranties on mobile phone components and refrain from forcing smartphone makers into unfair deals to end an abuse of superior bargaining position probe.

09 January 2023

SAMR fines academic database for excessive pricing

China’s antitrust watchdog has fined an online academic literature database €12.1 million for abusing its dominance by imposing excessively high subscription fees and forcing users into exclusivity arrangements.

09 January 2023

Korea to tighten scrutiny of digital economy

The Korean government has outlined a nine-step plan for improving competition in digital markets, including curbing abuses of dominance and the “reckless expansion” of large platforms.

06 January 2023

Spain accepts rare behavioural commitments to close RPM probe

Spain’s competition authority has agreed to close its resale price maintenance probe into a domestic skincare products producer after the company voluntarily offered to set up a new discount policy for its retailers.

05 January 2023

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