Litigation

Google Adjusts Search Results to Comply with EU Antitrust Ruling

Google Adjusts Search Results to Comply with EU Antitrust Ruling

Google has now made changes in the way it displays search ads to comply with the EU ruling on its antitrust case which ended last June. Google Europe tweeted yesterday that all ad placements in its Shopping Unit will now be available to all bidders, and no reserve slots will be given to Google Shopping or other comparison shopping services (CSS). The search giant was handed a record fine amounting to $2.73 billion for “abusing its market dominance” by giving its own shopping service increased visibility in search results and demoting its competitors, according to the EU competition commissioner. The […]

Tech Giant Execs to Testify on Russian Interference

Tech Giant Execs to Testify on Russian Interference

The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked executives of Facebook, Google, and Twitter to testify in a probe on Russia’s alleged involvement in the 2016 US elections. Even though the House panel did not identify the companies who were asked to attend next month’s open hearing, representatives from Google and Facebook already confirmed that they have received invites. A number of lawmakers from both parties believe that the social platforms had been critical to Russia’s influence operations. A revelation from Facebook seems to support this suspicion, as the social networking giant recently said that Russian trolls bought around $100,000 worth of […]

Google to Give Rivals Equal Treatment Through Auction

Google to Give Rivals Equal Treatment Through Auction

In an effort to level the playing field with its rivals and to avoid any additional antitrust fines from the European Union, Google (GOOGL.O), has offered to launch an auction that will display rival comparison shopping sites. In a proposal provided to the European Commission, the tech giant proposed Product Listing Ads that will enable competitors to bid for spots in the shopping section. After an already record fine of € 2.4 B euros ($2.9B) from the European Commission, the search engine giant could face fresh fines should it fail to give its rivals equal service.   Source: Reuters

PCC Publishes its Rules of Procedure

PCC Publishes its Rules of Procedure

The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has published its 2017 Rules of Procedure (Rules), which shall guide the PCC in the handling of complaints, referrals from regulatory agencies, and motu proprio inquiries, as well as in the conduct of its investigations. Under the Rules, the PCC, through the Enforcement Office, shall conduct a 90-day preliminary inquiry on the basis of a verified complaint, referral by a regulatory agency, or a directive from the Chairman and the Commissioners of the PCC 
(Commission), to determine whether there are reasonable grounds to conduct a full administrative investigation for any violation of the Philippine Competition […]

FTC Files Case Against Social Media Influencers For the First Time

FTC Files Case Against Social Media Influencers For the First Time

Last week, a first-of-its-kind case was filed against two social media “influencers” by the Federal Trade Commission, who additionally sent notices to 21 more individuals for potential violations of FTC standards. The FTC says that the two influencers were found to be in violation for endorsing an online gaming service which they did not disclose to be theirs. Maureen Ohlhausen, the FTC’s acting chairman, said that their move should send a message to other influencers that things like these should be disclosed clearly so that the public can make informed buying decisions. Experts however, say that this guideline would be […]

Several EU Members Call for Tax Reform Against Tech Giants

Several EU Members Call for Tax Reform Against Tech Giants

A number of EU state members are proposing a turnover tax against the corporation tax avoidance of many tech giants.  The states argued that the tax system at present allows large digital firms to curb tax liabilities by creating subsidiary sites in countries with lower taxes. Online publication Reuters reported that France, Italy, Spain, and German finance ministers have penned a joint letter asking tech multinationals like Google, Apple, and Amazon to have their revenues taxed in Europe. Last year, Google came to terms with the UK treasury when the company agreed to pay tax on UK ad revenue. Ed […]

US Judge Allows Apple vs Qualcomm Lawsuits to Proceed

US Judge Allows Apple vs Qualcomm Lawsuits to Proceed

Last September 7, US federal judge Gonzalo Curiel ruled in favor of Apple, allowing the phone giant’s 11 foreign lawsuits against Qualcomm to proceed. The companies have been locked in an escalating legal battle during the past few months. Apple, whose devices use Qualcomm modem chips, alleged that the semicon company is charging an unfair price for their technology. Qualcomm sought an “anti-suit” injunction to halt 11 separate lawsuits temporarily, but Judge Curiel said that the court won’t that conclude Apple’s exercise of its rights under foreign laws to be vexatious.      Source: Reuters

Top EU Judges Sends Intel Case Back for Appeal

Top EU Judges Sends Intel Case Back for Appeal

EU antitrust regulators were reported to have suffered a major setback when top European judges referred Intel’s case back to the General Court for re-examination. Intel was handed a 1 billion euro fine last 2009 for blocking AMD when it gave manufacturers such as Dell, HP, NEC, and Lenovo rebates for buying Intel chips. Regulators have regarded rebates, especially from dominant companies, to be anti-competitive. However, companies have fired back, arguing that the regulators must first prove how the said rebates are anti-competitive, before sanctioning them. Foad Hoseinian of Freshfields law firm said that this will embolden companies to take […]

Google Notifies EU Regulators of Compliance Plan Regarding Antitrust Case

Google Notifies EU Regulators of Compliance Plan Regarding Antitrust Case

Last Tuesday, Google sent its compliance plan to EU’s competition enforcer to meet the deadline, saving it from further penalties that could have amounted to $12 million a day. The search giant was slapped with a massive $2.9 billion fine last June for using its search engine to favor its own shopping service over its rivals, which is considered to be ‘anti-competitive’ behavior under EU law. The EU Commission said that it is Google’s sole responsibility to comply and provide an explanation on how it intends to do so. ICOMP, a lobbying group that included Google rivals as members, also […]

Logitech Gets Sued for Delaying Warranty Claims

Logitech Gets Sued for Delaying Warranty Claims

Logitech, a Swiss-based electronic device manufacturer, is being sued by a US man for allegedly delaying and discouraging warranty claims. The plaintiff accused Logitech of aggressively marketing and selling products that were unreliable and had a high rate of failure. The lawsuit also states that Logitech is aware of the problem, but chose to dodge its warranty obligations, thus leaving customers without a working product until the warranty period runs out. The company had also internally discontinued an IP camera product plagued by numerous issues and complaints, but did not publicly inform customers. Source: Bleeping Computer

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