Work Area: Unilateral Conduct

Bulgaria fines Veolia for energy meter abuse

Bulgaria’s competition enforcer has sanctioned energy services provider Veolia Energy Varna for abusing its dominance by unlawfully replacing competing devices that measure energy consumption.

17 November 2022

UK wastewater companies face calls for excessive pricing probe

An economic consultancy has urged the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority to launch an abuse of dominance investigation into several English wastewater companies that it claims exploited their market power to overcharge households by over £163 million.

16 November 2022

Complainant behind Indian Google investigation seeks new regulatory regime

A complainant that convinced the Competition Commission of India to investigate and eventually fine Google €114 million for forcing application developers to use its own billing store has called for an ex ante regulatory framework to govern app aggregators.

16 November 2022

Spain fines drugmaker over €10 million for excessive pricing

Spain’s competition authority has become the latest enforcer to fine Leadiant Biosciences for abusing its dominance by overcharging its national health system for an orphan drug used to treat a rare metabolic disease.

15 November 2022

Germany applies new powers to existing Amazon probes

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has extended two of its existing investigations into Amazon under its new Section 19A powers after the enforcer designated the e-commerce giant as having “paramount significance for competition across markets” earlier this year.

15 November 2022

ACCC calls for ex ante regulatory regime for digital platforms

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has called for legally binding codes of conduct to address anticompetitive self-preferencing, tying, exclusivity and data advantages in the digital economy.

11 November 2022

Azerbaijan issues rare abuse of dominance fine

Azerbaijan’s competition authority has fined a major national buckwheat producer for abusing its dominance in a decision that one local lawyer said reflects “serious changes” in the country’s antitrust enforcement following the appointment of a new agency head last December.

11 November 2022

Indonesian enforcer partners with attorney general to recover delinquent fines

Indonesia’s antitrust watchdog has partnered with the attorney general’s office to recover fines that more than 300 companies have refused to pay for competition law violations over the past decade.

08 November 2022

“Symbiotic relationship” exists between antitrust and inequality, says former judge

Competition law can address inequality issues by ensuring corporate power does not deprive businesses of fair opportunities or leave consumers facing unnecessarily high prices, a former judge at South Africa’s Competition Appeal Court has said.

03 November 2022

Italian court stays Amazon's appeal against €1.13 billion abuse fine

An Italian administrative court has suspended Amazon’s appeal against the national antitrust watchdog’s €1.13 billion abuse of dominance sanction pending a separate jurisdictional challenge brought by the technology giant to the European Court of Justice.

31 October 2022

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