e-Competitions Special Issue: Internet & Antitrust

FOREWORD

INTERNET AND ANTITRUST: AN OVERVIEW OF EU AND NATIONAL CASE LAW
28 JUNE 2018

This foreword on Internet and Antitrust covers lots of interesting articles of the last 3 years on some of the major developments in the Internet space at EU and national levels. Indeed, it is always fascinating to get insights from the many practitioners and enforcers who have contributed to this wealth of knowledge on complex and evolving issues… not least because, in a fast-approaching future, articles may be written by AI authors who will surely tell us ALL we wanted to know about algorithm collusion, big data, etc.

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Gabriele Accardo

Ashurst (Milan)
Giulia Carnazza

Ashurst (Brussels)
Zachariah Davies

European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)

 ANTICOMPETITIVE PRACTICES

The Turkish Competition Authority publishes revised Guidelines on vertical agreements
30 MARCH 2018
Gönenç Gürkaynak  ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law (Istanbul)
The French Competition Authority publishes its long awaited sector-specific investigation into online advertising
6 MARCH 2018
Edouard Sarrazin  DLA Piper (Paris)
The German Competition Authority allows a company to launch an online trading platform for steel products (Klöckner)
28 FEBRUARY 2018
German Competition Authority  German Competition Authority (Bonn)
The German Competition Authority launches a sector inquiry into market conditions in the online advertising sector
1 FEBRUARY 2018
German Competition Authority  German Competition Authority (Bonn)
The German Federal Court of Justice confirms that the general prohibition of the use of price comparison engines by retailers is illegal (Asics)
12 DECEMBER 2017
German Competition Authority  German Competition Authority (Bonn)

 DOMINANCE

The French Competition Authority issues an opinion concluding its sector-specific investigation into online advertising
6 MARCH 2018
French Competition Authority  French Competition Authority (Paris)
The Romanian Competition Authority opens a procedure against a company suspected of abuse of dominance in the mediation services market through online platforms (Dante International)
4 JANUARY 2018
Romanian Competition Authority  Romanian Competition Council (Bucharest)
The Malaysian Competition Appeal Tribunal upholds a decision of the Competition Authority in a case of abuse of dominance in the provision and management of online foreign workers permit renewals (My E.G)
28 DECEMBER 2017
Gan Andre  Wong Partners (Baker McKenzie Kuala Lumpur)
The German Competition Authority indicates in its preliminary assessment of a possible abuse of dominance case that data collection and use from third-party sources is abusive (Facebook)
19 DECEMBER 2017
Silke Heinz  Heinz & Zagrosek (Köln)
The German Competition Authority finds by preliminary assessment that a social network company abused its dominant position by collecting and using data from third-party sources (Facebook)
19 DECEMBER 2017
German Competition Authority  German Competition Authority (Bonn)

 MERGERS

The French Competition Authority clears a merger on the online advertising market (Aufeminin / TF1)
23 APRIL 2018
French Competition Authority  French Competition Authority (Paris)
The EU Commission decides to review a merger in the market of music recognition applications for smartphones (Apple / Shazam)
6 FEBRUARY 2018
European Commission  DG COMP (Brussels)
The French Competition Authority unconditionally clears a merger between two real estate online platforms in Phase II (Logic-Immo.com / SeLoger.com)
1 FEBRUARY 2018
Camille François  DLA Piper (Paris)
The Russian Competition Authority clears the creation of a joint undertaking subject to remedies in the taxi market (Yandex / Uber)
24 NOVEMBER 2017
Russian Competition Authority  Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (Moscow)
The US FTC files a complaint challenging a proposed acquisition (Red Venture / Bankrate)
3 NOVEMBER 2017
Wayne Dale Collins  Shearman & Sterling (Washington)
David A. Higbee  Shearman & Sterling (Washington)
Djordje Petkoski  Shearman & Sterling (Washington)

 STATE AIDS

The EU Commission opens an in-depth investigation into statutory rules that exempt certain financing income earned by foreign subsidiaries (United Kingdom)
26 OCTOBER 2017
Niels Baeten  Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Brussels)
Jonathon J. Egerton-Peters  Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (London)
Ingrid Vandenborre  Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Brussels)
The EU General Court confirms that public funding of an e-platform for procurement purposes does not constitute a State aid (Aanbestedingskalender)
28 SEPTEMBER 2017
Phedon Nicolaides  College of Europe (Bruges)
The EU Commission open an investigation concerning transfer pricing arrangements on corporate taxation of an online store in Luxembourg (Amazon)
7 OCTOBER 2014
European Commission  DG COMP (Brussels)
The EU Commission approves a French State aid scheme that subsidises legal downloads of music by French residents aged 12 to 25
12 OCTOBER 2010
Alessandra Forzano  DG COMP (Brussels)
Alfredo Gómez Alvarez  Hogan Lovells (Madrid)
The EU Commission approves public co-financing of broadband network covering the entire French department of Hauts-de-Seine, including the non-profitable areas
30 SEPTEMBER 2009
Koen Van de Casteele  DG COMP (Brussels)

 PROCEDURES

The Beijing High People’s Court releases guidelines on the trial of Internet-related intellectual property right cases
13 APRIL 2016
Allan Fels  University of Melbourne
Xiaoye Wang  China Competition Bulletin (Beijing)
Adrian Emch  Hogan Lovells (Beijing)
The Bulgarian Supreme Administrative Court confirms Commission on Competition’s decision of the decision ordering for a transportation company to suspend operations in Bulgaria for immediate enforcement (Uber)
23 SEPTEMBER 2015
Kameliya Naydenova  Johnson & Johnson (Sofia)
The Brussels Commercial Court issues injunction order against recently launched peer-to-peer car sharing service on the taxi market in Brussels (UberPop)
31 MARCH 2014
Steve Szentesi  Steve Szentesi Law Corporation (Vancouver)
The Hungarian Competition Authority initiates an inquiry into the online room reservation sector
29 JULY 2013
European Competition Network Brief  European Commission (Brussels)
The UK High Court opts for targeted disclosure in private stand-alone claim against web search engine provider (Foundem / Google)
26 JULY 2013
Emile Abdul-Wahab  The University of Manchester

 REGULATIONS

The Australian Competition Authority launches an inquiry into digital platforms
4 DECEMBER 2017
Australian Competition Authority  Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
The German Competition Authority publishes a paper on ’Big Data and Competition’ as Big Data and digital markets remain in the focus of EU competition authorities
6 OCTOBER 2017
Falk Schoening  Hogan Lovells (Munich)
Christian Ritz  Hogan Lovells (Munich)
The Japanese Competition Authority publishes a report on data and competition policy
6 JUNE 2017
Japanese Competition Authority  Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
EU Court of Justice Advocate General Szpunar delivers his opinion in a case regarding the concept of information society service (Uber Spain)
11 MAY 2017
Rafael Allendesalazar  Martinez Lage, Allendesalazar & Brokelmann (Madrid)
The EU Commission publishes a report on online hotel booking platforms in collaboration with several national competition authorities
6 APRIL 2017
European Commission  DG COMP (Brussels)
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