Work Area: Unilateral Conduct

Guersent signals increased use of interim measures in conduct cases

Relying more on interim measures in non-merger cases should incentivise parties to better cooperate with the European Commission and solve conduct cases more quickly, the director-general of the EU’s competition watchdog has said.

07 December 2023

Google, Amazon say Microsoft's licensing practices harm cloud services market

Microsoft's software licensing practices harm UK customers, Google and Amazon have claimed, while washing their hands of wider concerns in the cloud services market in submissions to the Competition and Markets Authority.

05 December 2023

Microsoft can audit antitrust claimant ahead of CAT disclosure, court rules

An English court has confirmed Microsoft’s contractual right to audit software reseller ValueLicensing but imposed undertakings on the tech giant preventing it from using the information to defend against a €270 million standalone damages claim.

05 December 2023

TikTok seeks interim measures against DMA designation

TikTok has asked the EU's General Court to suspend its obligations under the Digital Markets Act pending a challenge against its gatekeeper designation, less than a month after it alleged the European Commission’s decision constrains its competitiveness.

04 December 2023

Belgium launches first probe into economic dependence abuse

The Belgian Competition Authority has launched its first-ever formal investigation into suspected abuse of economic dependence, targeting an unnamed company in the agricultural sector.

29 November 2023

Morocco strikes €166 million settlement with fuel cartel

Nine fuel companies have agreed to pay €166 million and committed not to manipulate prices at petrol stations to close a cartel investigation in Morocco.

24 November 2023

AG Collins backs EU enforcer in “default interest” dispute

Deutsche Telekom’s bid to force the European Commission to pay €1.75 million in compensatory interest on a fine that was partially annulled by the General Court is unnecessarily punitive, an advisor to the European Court of Justice has said.

23 November 2023

Italian court stays Amazon appeal pending ECJ referral

An Italian court has suspended Amazon’s challenge against a €1.13 billion abuse of dominance fine pending a ruling from the EU’s top court in a parallel case seeking clarification on the legality of antitrust investigation timelines.

16 November 2023

Coca-Cola faces abuse of dominance probe in Germany

Germany's Federal Cartel Office has begun probing the world’s largest bottler and seller of Coca-Cola products, nine months after the European Commission closed its own abuse of dominance investigation into similar suspected conduct.

14 November 2023

Mehta appears sceptical online search is competitive

Judge Amit Mehta has questioned one of Google’s hired experts on how the online search market can be competitive when Google’s rivals never win contracts to become the default search engine.

14 November 2023

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