Italy: the competition authority (antiTrust) condamed Whatsapp for issuing new T&Cs which seemingly had to be accepted, in order to keep using the app. MOreover, various clauses in the new template had been considered resctrictive clauses.
Belgium, TLC: Proximus passed off as the best provider in an Ad where only the best comments had been shared by clients and with some tiny strings, unreadable without freezing the screen. Last but not least, at the end of the video, an automatic forward led users to a webpage.
The Ad was ruled misleading on 16/2/2017 (surprise!).
HOw nice of Uber to track their drivers, see which were working double shifts wwith a competiitor (Lyft) and lure them away. The software (“Hell”) has been discontinued, but how many tricks and lawsuits can we expect?
By pre-installing its search engine on Android phones, Google was effectively taking out local ones from the market (Yandex, for example -which scored today a +6% at the Russian Stock Exchange).
Italy: following suit to Denmark, a tribunal in Rome declared the app (except UberEats) illegal too and to be stopped within 10 days for unfair competition. Each day of violation will cost the app E10’000,00.
Average taxis can only work in the city where the license has been provided and must comply to tariffs approved by the city.
While on one side I can’t be disappointed with the end to the gig economy and the abuse of freelancers/workers, on he other side I am wondering how long will it take to the government to overhaul the whole industry and avoid payments under the table by lots of taxis to dodge taxes.
Cartel between Air Canada , Air France-KLM , British Airways , Cargolux , Cathay Pacific Airways , Japan Airlines , LAN Chile , Martinair , Qantas , SAS and Singapore Airlines.
After a first successful appeal on 2015 (for procedural error, although nothing had been ruled on the existence of the cartel). The Commission now repealed such fines without that procedural errors and fines are so distirbuted:
|Air Canada||21.0375 million||15%|
|Air France||182 920 000||20%|
|KLM||127 160 000||20%|
|British Airways||104 040 000||10%|
|Cathay Pacific Airways||57.12 million||20%|
|Japan Airlines||35.7 million||25%|
|LAN Chile||8.22 million||20%|
|Singapore Airlines||74.8 million|
|Swiss International Air Lines||0||100%|
While U.S. authorities still have to approve the acquisition.
On 16 March 2017 (Finally) the EU Commission approved individuals whistle-blowing anonimously on cartels and anti-competitive agreements.
A warning that sounds like an anticipated fine towards Google for kicking out its competitors from its search results.
Especially if you consider that such algorithms and software can help sharing the market and fix prices.
A speech by CMA Executive Director for Enforcement, at the Institute of Customer Service annual conference to raise awareness to those people who are still in denial.