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ANTITRUST MATTERS

Q4 edition from DLA Piper. Interesting focus on Chinese Anti-Trust and predatory prices in US.

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What discount structures can a dominant firm use?European Court quashes €1.06 billion fine on Intel

The initial fine has been revoked by the EUCJ, when more throughfully reconsidering the following factors:

  • the extent of the undertaking’s dominant position;
  • the share of the market covered by the alleged restrictive practice;
  • the conditions and arrangements for granting the rebates, as well as their duration and amount; and
  • whether the rebates constituted a strategy aiming to exclude from the market competitors who were at least as efficient as the dominant undertaking – the ‘as efficient competitor’ (AEC) test.

Intel had been fined for abuse of dominant position for using rebates, conditional on customers purchasing all or most of their equipment from Intel.

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Exclusive: EU considers record fine as panel checks Google Android case – sources

After the hyper high penalty of $2,7b to Google, EU is preparing another bombshell which could top such amount for unfair practises through Android, teh smartphone system that pre-installs Google Play, Goole Search, Chrome and further Google services and demands an increasing amount of personal data.

Google’s feedback was that Android is an open source system that benefits both competition and comsumers.

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