General Court of the EU delivers landmark Google Shopping judgment (Google and Alphabet v Commission, T-612/17)

As readers of this blog will know, on Tuesday 10 November 2021 the General Court (“GC”) delivered its judgment in case T-612/17, Google and Alphabet v Commission, largely upholding the Commission’s 2017 decision in Google Search (Shopping) (AT.39741). This is a landmark (and very aggressive) judgment and a major vindication for the Commission. By way … Continue reading General Court of the EU delivers landmark Google Shopping judgment (Google and Alphabet v Commission, T-612/17)

What we learned from the unredacted US States complaint against Google

Last Friday, October 22, a coalition of US States led by Texas released an unredacted version of the amended complaint filed against Google over its ad tech business, after a federal judge in New York held that much of the antitrust suit could be unsealed. The original complaint filed in December 2020, echoes the findings … Continue reading What we learned from the unredacted US States complaint against Google

The DMA and default positions in search

Picking up on our latest post on the direction of the Council with respect to the DMA, we would like to touch on an important issue that seems to have been overlooked by EU lawmakers: the role of default positions in search. Rather surprisingly, both the original DMA proposal of the European Commission and subsequent … Continue reading The DMA and default positions in search

Some thoughts on the Google Android hearing before the General Court

As readers of this blog probably know, last week saw Google present before the General Court its case for annulling the Google Android decision of the European Commission (famous for the staggering amount of the fine imposed – EUR 4.3 billion). The case number is T-604/18 – Google and Alphabet v Commission. I had the … Continue reading Some thoughts on the Google Android hearing before the General Court

The Autorité de la concurrence fines Google € 500 million for not complying with interim measures in neighboring rights case

Today the French Autorité de la concurrence (the “Autorité”) handed down a damning decision finding that Google has failed to comply with an earlier interim measures decision adopted in April 2020 with respect to press publisher’s neighboring rights. The Autorité fined Google € 500 million and ordered Google to comply with its interim measures on … Continue reading The Autorité de la concurrence fines Google € 500 million for not complying with interim measures in neighboring rights case

EU probes Google’s ad tech business

Another day, another antitrust investigation into Google’s ad tech business. This time the probe was launched by the European Commission (the “Commission”), which has already fined Google three times for engaging in anticompetitive conduct. As readers of this blog are probably aware, Google’s practices in ad tech have captured considerable regulatory attention: the French Autorité … Continue reading EU probes Google’s ad tech business

CMA publishes commitments offered by Google with respect to its Privacy Sandbox proposals, seeks comments

Last Friday the UK Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) published a 93-page long notice of intention to accept commitments offered by Google in relation to its Privacy Sandbox proposals, inviting all interested parties to submit their observations. By way of reminder, the CMA launched an investigation back in January 2021 into Google’s removal of third-party … Continue reading CMA publishes commitments offered by Google with respect to its Privacy Sandbox proposals, seeks comments

Google fined € 220 million by French Autorité de la concurrence for breaching competition law in ad tech; offers commitments

Yesterday, the French competition authority (“Autorité de la concurrence”) handed down a landmark decision finding that Google has breached Article 102 TFEU and the equivalent provision of French competition law through anticompetitive conduct in ad tech. The Autorité imposed on Google a fine of €220 million and rendered binding a series of commitments (“engagements”) proposed … Continue reading Google fined € 220 million by French Autorité de la concurrence for breaching competition law in ad tech; offers commitments

EU sends Apple Statement of Objections (music streaming services)

Just a few days after the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission released its interim report on app marketplaces finding that "Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store have significant market power in the distribution of mobile apps in Australia," the European Commission addressed to Apple a Statement of Objections over its App Store rules for … Continue reading EU sends Apple Statement of Objections (music streaming services)

The CJEU’s ruling on Slovak Telekom, and what it means for cases involving dominant digital platforms

Last week the CJEU delivered its judgment in case C-165/19 P dismissing the appeal brought by Slovak Telekom ("ST") against the judgment of the General Court of 13 December 2018 (T‑851/14). Damien was representing ST alongside Robert O'Donoghue from Brick Court Chambers. The case concerns a 2014 infringement decision of the Commission, whereby the latter found … Continue reading The CJEU’s ruling on Slovak Telekom, and what it means for cases involving dominant digital platforms