India: CCI dismisses abuse of dominance case against OYO

India: CCI dismisses abuse of dominance case against OYO

Competition Commission of India (CCI) on Wednesday, July 31, dismissed allegations of unfair business practices against Oravel Stays, which owns OYO Rooms, stating it cannot be “unambiguously” concluded that the company is in a dominant position. For the case, CCI considered the “market for franchising services for budget hotels in India” as the relevant one. […]

India: Google probe sparked by junior antitrust researchers

India: Google probe sparked by junior antitrust researchers

Two junior Indian antitrust research associates and a law school student were behind a complaint that sparked a probe into Google’s alleged anti-competitive practices in the country, reported Reuters. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) ordered a full-blown investigation into Alphabet’s Google in April for alleged abuse of its Android platform to hurt rivals, but […]

India: Regulator probes Maruti, country’s biggest car maker

India: Regulator probes Maruti, country’s biggest car maker

India’s antitrust regulator is looking into allegations that Maruti Suzuki, the country’s biggest car maker, resorted to anti-competitive practices by controlling how its dealers discounted cars, reported Reuters. Maruti, majority-owned by Japan’s Suzuki Motor Corp, is a household name in India where it commands a 51% market share. It sold 1.73 million passenger vehicles in […]

India: Regulator approves L&T’s Mindtree buy

India: Regulator approves L&T’s Mindtree buy

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) in a tweet wrote that India’s engineering and infrastructure major Larsen & Toubro’s (L&T) deal to acquire 66.15% of the total equity shareholding of Mindtree Limited has been approved. Founders of Mindtree have publicly attacked L&T’s acquisition proposal despite the latter claiming that it would let the Bengaluru-based firm […]

India: Regulator probes Google/Android

India: Regulator probes Google/Android

India’s antitrust commission is looking into accusations that Alphabet’s unit Google abuses its popular Android mobile operating system to block its rivals, reported Reuters. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has been reviewing a case for the past six months that is similar to one Google faced in Europe that led to a fine of […]

India: Carlsberg, United Breweries plead leniency in India beer cartel probe

India: Carlsberg, United Breweries plead leniency in India beer cartel probe

Denmark’s Carlsberg and India’s United Breweries have filed pleas with Indian antitrust authorities, seeking leniency in a probe into alleged collusion to fix beer prices, five sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has been investigating the two companies, as well as the world’s largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB […]

A Tale of Two MRI Machines

CPI Asia Column edited by Vanessa Yanhua Zhang (Global Economics Group) present: A Tale of Two MRI Machines By Anisha Chand and Radhika Seth (Khaitan & Co., India)1 Click here for a pdf version of this article.   The Competition Commission of India (“CCI”) has recently fined an Italian company, often touted as the world leader in […]

India: CCI dismisses bid rigging allegations

India: CCI dismisses bid rigging allegations

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has dismissed allegations of bid rigging against IT solutions providers Hitachi Systems Micro Clinic and ILF&S Technologies in a tender floated by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL). The CCI dismissed the matter as it did not find any prima facie case of contravention of the Competition Act against Hitachi […]

India: CCI gains new chairman

India: CCI gains new chairman

In an announcement released on Friday, November 9, India’s Corporate Affairs Ministry revealed that a new chairman of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) has been appointed. Former Indian Administrative Service officer Ashok Kumar Gupta has been appointed as the chairperson of the CCI and his appointment was approved by the Appointments Committee of the […]

India: Regulator working on tools for detecting cartels

India: Regulator working on tools for detecting cartels

The Competition Commission is working on a “digital screen-based” system to detect possible cartelization in public procurement tenders, a senior official said Monday. The fair trade regulator has been working on ways to curb anti-competitive practices across sectors in the marketplace, and public procurement is a key area as it accounts for around 20% of […]

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