Japan: Antitrust watchdog to study tech giants

Japan: Antitrust watchdog to study tech giants

The Fair Trade Commission has decided to launch a massive survey in January into the business practices of internet technology giants, a senior lawmaker said Wednesday. The planned survey is designed to learn how four large firms that provide online search and shopping services, Google, Apple, Facebook  and Amazon.com, conduct business and how best to […]

Egypt: Apple accused of violating antitrust laws

Egypt: Apple accused of violating antitrust laws

According to a report by Bloomberg, Egypt, where an iPhone can cost 50% more than elsewhere in the Middle East, has given Apple two months to end what it claims are unfair restrictions on local distributors. The country’s competition authority stated that while companies had a right to specify sales areas, local retailers were barred […]

US: Court date set for Qualcomm and Apple

US: Court date set for Qualcomm and Apple

Apple and Qualcomm have reached an impasse in the dispute regarding iPhone patent royalties, so a court date has been set by a federal judge in San Diego, for April 5, 2019. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that both sides have been unable to reach a settlement in the latest case between the tech companies. […]

Japan: Panel interviews Apple, Google execs on info privacy

Japan: Panel interviews Apple, Google execs on info privacy

A government panel interviewed representatives from internet platform giants Google and Apple on their business practices, how they handle users’ information, and other issues at a hearing on November 28. The company representatives explained to the committee that they had systems in place to guarantee transparent and fair personal information use, and that any new […]

US: Justices skeptical of Apple in case about iPhone apps’ sales

US: Justices skeptical of Apple in case about iPhone apps’ sales

The Supreme Court seemed ready Monday, November 26, to allow a lawsuit to go forward that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps, reported Bloomberg Law. The court heard arguments in Apple’s effort to shut down an antitrust lawsuit. Chief Justice John Roberts was alone among the nine justices […]

Should Jurisdictional Clauses be Interpreted Differently in Competition Law Cases? A Comment on Case C 595/17 Apple ECLI:EU:C:2018:854

Should Jurisdictional Clauses be Interpreted Differently in Competition Law Cases? A Comment on Case C 595/17 Apple ECLI:EU:C:2018:854

November 2018 CPI EU News Column edited by Thibault Schrepel, Sam Sadden & Jan Roth (CPI) presents: Should Jurisdictional Clauses be Interpreted Differently in Competition Law Cases? A Comment on Case C 595/17 Apple ECLI:EU:C:2018:854 By Pedro Caro de Sousa (OECD)1 Click here for a PDF version of the article   Introduction Does a widely worded […]

US: Top court hears Apple dispute

US: Top court hears Apple dispute

Apple will head to the US Supreme Court this week to block a group of customers from suing the tech giant for monopoly abuse, The Telegraph has reported. The company is battling a group of iPhone owners who claim Apple forces them to overpay for apps by forbidding rivals to the multibillion-dollar App Store.After the customers […]

US: Apple wants SCOTUS to undo decision in antitrust suit

US: Apple wants SCOTUS to undo decision in antitrust suit

Apple on Monday, October 29, again urged the US Supreme Court to undo a 9th Circuit decision reviving an antitrust suit from app buyers accusing the tech giant of illegally monopolizing the iPhone, reported Law360. “A group of iPhone users had sued, saying the tech giant’s practice is anticompetitive,” Apple World reported. “Apple argued that […]

Apple (C-595/17): ECJ on jurisdiction clauses and private enforcement: “Multinationals, go ahead and abuse your distributors”?

Apple (C-595/17): ECJ on jurisdiction clauses and private enforcement: “Multinationals, go ahead and abuse your distributors”?

October 2018 CPI EU News Column edited by Thibault Schrepel, Sam Sadden & Jan Roth (CPI) presents: Apple (C-595/17): ECJ on jurisdiction clauses and private enforcement: “Multinationals, go ahead and abuse your distributors”? By Miguel Sousa Ferro (University of Lisbon)1 Click here for a PDF version of the article   Essential Facts Apple’s distribution network in […]

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