Competition Overlaps in the Indian Ports Bill – CCI and the Maritime Ports Tribunal

Posted on January 26, 2021 Authored by Rushil Anand* Introduction The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways recently issued the draft of the Indian Ports Bill, 2020 (“Bill”) for public consultation. The Bill aims to enable growth and development of the ports and ensure proper utilization of country’s coastline, which has been marred by a […]

News Corner: Turkish Competition Authority Fines Google $25.6M for Abusing Dominance in Online Search Market

On 12th November, Rekabet Kurumu, the Turkish Competition Authority, announced its decision in the investigation against Google Advertising and Marketing Ltd., Google International LLC, Google LLC, Google Ireland Limited and Alphabet Inc. (“Google“) for abuse of dominance in the online search market. The Board unanimously ruled to impose an administrative fine of 196.7 million lira […]

News Corner: “Amazon Distorting Competition” – European Antitrust Commission Launches Investigation

On November 10th, the European Commission (“EC“), European Union’s antitrust authority, announced that Amazon “has breached EU antitrust rules by distorting competition in online retail markets”. The concern raised by the EC was that Amazon has been giving preferential treatment to its own retail offers by relying on non-public business data of independent sellers who […]

News Corner: Google Faces Antitrust Law Suit, Department of Justice Initiates Proceedings

On October 20, the Trump administration sued Google. The Department of Justice (“DoJ”), along with eleven state Attorney Generals, filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in United States. The participating state Attorneys General offices represent Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, South Carolina, and Texas. The Complaint made sweeping allegations relating to Google’s […]

CCI’s Investigation of the Indian Smartphone Industry – Licensing of Standard Essential Patents

Posted on September 19, 2020 Authored by Tanya Varshney* Acknowledgement: Thanks to Prof. (Dr.) Manveen Singh* for sharing his inputs and reviewing this article. In simple terms, Standard Essential Patents (“SEPs”) are the patents that have been declared as “essential” to implement the industry or technology standards and ensure uniformity and compatibility in the technology […]

News Corner: Epic Games Fights Antitrust Battle Against Google and Apple for Removal of Fortnite

This week has found Apple in the middle of some contentious disputes as reported here and here. However, the heat continues for Apple as Epic Games filed an antitrust law suit against Google and Apple for removal of the popular gaming application ‘Fortnite’ as Epic includes a direct payment method instead of paying through ‘app […]