EU: Google appeals US$1.7B AdSense antitrust fine

EU: Google appeals US$1.7B AdSense antitrust fine

As was expected, Google is appealing a €1.49 billion ($1.7 billion) fine laid against it by the European Commission related to its AdSense advertising business, reported CNBC. In March, the executive arm of the European Union slapped Google with its third antitrust fine, this time for abusing its dominance in the online advertising market through its […]

China: Ford’s Changan venture gets US$24M fine for antitrust violation

China: Ford’s Changan venture gets US$24M fine for antitrust violation

China’s market regulator fined Ford Motor’s main local joint venture 162.8 million yuan ($23.55 million) on Wednesday for violating anti-monopoly laws, the latest automaker with foreign partners to face such penalties, reported Reuters. The State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) said on its website that Ford’s joint venture with Chongqing Changan Automobile Co, Changan Ford, […]

EU: Google facing antitrust fine over AdSense

EU: Google facing antitrust fine over AdSense

Google and its parent company Alphabet could be facing an antitrust fine from the European Union in the coming weeks over its AdSense advertising product. Reuters, citing a person familiar with the matter, reported the fine could come in the next few weeks, and that it will be smaller than the two previous fines Google […]

France: Google hit with US$57M GDPR fine

France: Google hit with US$57M GDPR fine

France’s data privacy watchdog has fined Google €50 million (US$57 million), the first penalty for a US tech giant under new European data privacy rules that took effect last year, reported the Walls Street Journal. The National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) announced Monday, January 21, it fined the US internet giant for “lack of transparency, […]

South Africa: Shoprite to appeal antitrust fine

South Africa: Shoprite to appeal antitrust fine

South Africa’s Shoprite announced on Monday, January 21, it would appeal against a 20 million rand (US$1.4 million) fine handed to its ticket-selling subsidiary by the country’s Competition Tribunal, which found agreements signed by the firm had affected competition, reported Reuters. The initial case, covering 1999-2012, was referred to the tribunal in 2010 after five […]

EU: Google facing third antitrust fine?

EU: Google facing third antitrust fine?

  According to Bloomberg, Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager is set to announce a penalty targeting Google’s AdSense advertising service in the coming weeks. The EU stated in 2016 that Google hindered competition for online ads with its AdSense for Search product which places advertising on websites, including retailers, telecommunications operators and newspapers. While its European […]

Australia: Gas retailer Kleenheat gets antitrust fine

Australia: Gas retailer Kleenheat gets antitrust fine

Western Australia gas retailer Kleenheat has been fined more than AU$25,000 (US$17,508) for allegedly misleading consumers about the potential benefits of a big discount plan. The Wesfarmers-owned gas supplier has been stung by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) over advertisements promoting savings of 35%. From April 2018, Kleenheat advertised that new customers in […]

EU: Google wins order keeping Yelp out of appeal

EU: Google wins order keeping Yelp out of appeal

According to a report from Bloomberg, Google won a European Union court order that prevents local search service Yelp and advocacy group Consumer Watchdog from teaming up with the EU on a legal challenge of a 2017 antitrust fine. The EU’s General Court declared Yelp “cannot be directly affected” by the EU’s ruling over Google’s comparison-shopping […]

EU: Court cuts Deutsche Telekom antitrust fine by a third

EU: Court cuts Deutsche Telekom antitrust fine by a third

Europe’s second-highest court on Thursday, December 13,  slashed an EU antitrust fine handed down to Deutsche Telekom four years ago by about a third to €19 million (17.09 million pounds), saying that EU regulators had erred in calculating the penalty. Deutsche Telekom welcomed the decision but said it was not convinced by all aspects of […]

EU: EC asks “Does Google harm local search rivals?”

EU: EC asks “Does Google harm local search rivals?”

EU antitrust regulators have asked Google’s rivals if the internet search giant unfairly demotes local search competitors, according to a questionnaire seen by Reuters. Google has been fined a total €6.76 billion (US$7.7 billion) in the last 17 months for favoring its comparison shopping service and for using its dominant Android mobile operating system to […]

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