Consumer sovereignty in the framework of social justice, economic equality and environmental balance, within and across borders


  • New Competition Law in Germany

    June 9, 2017

    – On June 9, 2017, significant changes to the German Act against Restraints of Competition have entered into effect. This newsletter provides an overview of the most significant aspects of the 9th amendment to the German competition law.
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  • Kaspersky Lab takes legal action against Microsoft over unfair competition

    June 6, 2017

    – Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab has filed a lawsuit against US software giant Microsoft over alleged abuse of its dominant position and unfair competition in the market of operation systems in the EU.
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  • Ninth Amendment to German Act Against Restraints of Competition to Take Effect Soon

    April 6, 2017

    – Key changes triggered by the amendment relate to a company’s liability for cartel infringements, the introduction of a transaction value test into merger control, private enforcement through the implementation of the EU Cartel Damages Directive, the assessment of market power in multilateral markets, and the extension of the German Federal Cartel Office’s authority to consumer protection.
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  • Thailand: NLA Approves New Trade Competition Act

    April 4, 2017

    – On 24 March 2017, the draft Trade Competition Act, B.E. 2559 (2017) (the Act) was approved by the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), following consideration and recommendations by the Ad-Hoc Committee considering the Act. It is expected that the Act will become effective in August or September 2017 (90 days from the date of publication in the Government Gazette).
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  • Korea Investigates Google for Unfair Competition Against Samsung

    February 14, 2017

    – The investigation centers on the 2011 Mobile Application Distribution Agreement between Google and Samsung which says that all of Samsung’s Android smartphones have to use Google as the default search engine.
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  • Chinese payment encryption device suppliers fined for participation in government-orchestrated cartel

    December 1, 2016

    – On 4 November 2016, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (“SAIC“) – one of China’s antitrust authorities – published on its website three decisions, whereby three payment encryption device suppliers were fined by SAIC’s branch in Anhui Province (“Anhui AIC“). Payment encryption devices are used by bank customers to protect the security of payments from their bank accounts. These devices are typically distributed by the banks to their customers.
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  • We’re great, you don’t understand competition law, Google tells Europe

    November 4, 2016

    – Google has sought to blunt the European Commission’s three-prong inquiry into its business practices – by claiming the Eurocrats don’t understand antitrust law.

    Writing on Google’s corporate blog, senior VP and general counsel Kent Walker disclosed that Google has responded to the Commission’s shopping and advertising concerns, and will soon file its response to the Android portion.
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  • Will Boeing (BA) Benefit from the WTO Ruling on Airbus?

    October 5, 2016

    – The battle between The Boeing Co. and Airbus Group SE intensified after the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) ruled that the EU had failed to stop the supply of illegal funding to Airbus.
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