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EC Antitrust Law Enforcers Accept Apple Pay Promises

The European Commission has made legally binding the commitments Apple offered to address antitrust concerns about its refusal to give Apple rivals access to the…

EU Antitrust Enforcers Fine Fragrance and Flavors Giant for Deleting Chat Messages During Probe

The European Commission fined New York-based International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. and its French counterpart (“IFF”) yesterday the equivalent of $17 million for obstructing an…

Microsoft Teams Tying Violates EU Antitrust Law, EC Says in Preliminary Finding

The European Commission this week informed Microsoft of its preliminary finding that the company was violating EU antitrust rules by tying Teams, its workplace communication and collaboration…

EC Antitrust Officials Conduct Surprise Inspections of Aftermarket Tire Maker “Consultancy”

The European Commission conducted surprise on-site inspections of a “consultancy firm” in two EU Member States, suspecting the firm of violating antitrust rules under Article…

EC Antitrust Enforcers Investigating Maker of Leading Pain Medicine for Dogs

  EC Concerned Company Blocked Competing Product   The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether animal health company Zoetis may…

Google, Meta List Efforts to Comply with New EU Law After Smaller Firms Claim No Progress

  DMA will constitute a ‘paradigm shift in digital markets,’ say rivals. The world’s leading tech, ecommerce, and social media companies have until March 7,…

Facing Pressure from Global Antitrust Law Enforcers, Adobe and Figma Call it Quits

Adobe Inc. and Figma Inc. have agreed to terminate their merger rather than combat European, British, and U.S. competition law agencies which shared the opinion…

European Antitrust Officials Continue Fashion Probe

  EC concerned Cardin and manufacturer have been colluding for years.   EC wants to know if companies engaged in “absolute territorial protection.” Companies allegedly…

Europe Joins U.S. in Ordering the Unwinding of Illumina-GRAIL Merger

FTC cited the EC’s earlier decision against the merger in ordering its undoing in the U.S. The European Commission today directed Illumina to unwind its $8…

Intel Fined $400M in Europe for Abusing Dominance in CPU Market

Naked Restriction: EC finds Intel paid computer makers to delay products using competing chips. Citing what it calls Intel Corp.’s series of anticompetitive efforts to…

Microsoft Fails to Quell Antitrust Concerns in Europe Over Teams Bundling 

Microsoft Corp.’s plan to unbundle Teams from its flagship Office offerings in Europe has not allayed the antitrust concerns of competition regulators in Luxemburg. The…

Six More Platforms Must Show Compliance with EU’s Digital Markets Act 

Signaling greater antitrust scrutiny in Europe, Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Apple, ByteDance (TikTok), Meta (Facebook), and Microsoft have earned designations as “gatekeepers” by the European Commission…

EU Commission Investigating Teva for Allegedly Interfering with Medication Research

Pharmaceutical company Teva is under investigation by the European Commission over their competition practices, which the commission says interferes with medication research. Teva held a…

CISPE.cloud Files Licensing Complaint Against Microsoft

In November of 2022, Cloud Infrastructure Service Providers in Europe (CISPE) announced it was filing a formal complaint against Microsoft with the European Commission’s Directorate-General…

Antitrust Fines Against Apple and Amazon Scrapped in Italy

At the start of October, an Italian administrative court ruled that Apple and Amazon no longer have to pay a $225 million fine levied by…

EC Investigates Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard Acquisition

The European Commission is putting the Microsoft and Activision Blizzard merger on hold as they investigate whether the deal will reduce competition among PC gaming…

Leaked: EU to Charge Meta/Facebook Over Secret Agreement with Google

While the European Commission announced back in March that they would investigate Facebook, sources have leaked that it is ready to announce formal charges, according…

EC Adopts Vertical Deal Guidelines for Supply Chains

The European Commission has adopted new Vertical Block Exemption Regulations (‘VBER’) accompanied by new Vertical Guidelines, which will allow, subject to conditions, agreements between companies…

European Commission Examining Aon’s Acquisition of Willis Towers Watson

The European Commission announced Dec. 21 that it is investigating Aon’s proposed acquisition of Willis Towers Watson, a deal that would combine two leading providers…